An American computer-game designer boarded the international space station Tuesday, floating onto the orbital outpost 35 years after his...

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KOROLYOV, Russia — An American computer-game designer boarded the international space station Tuesday, floating onto the orbital outpost 35 years after his astronaut father circled the Earth on Skylab.

Richard Garriott was greeted by another man who has turned spaceflight into a family tradition: Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, whose father is a decorated veteran of the Soviet space program.

Both proud fathers — Owen Garriott with a U.S. flag patch on his jacket and Alexander Volkov with a Soviet medal pinned to his chest — watched on a screen at Russian Mission Control outside Moscow as the Soyuz craft that delivered Garriott homed in on the station and docked flawlessly.

Garriott, 47, paid a reported $30 million to fulfill his childhood dream of space travel. Growing up steeped in spaceflight, his determination was only strengthened when he was told his poor eyesight would prevent him from becoming a NASA astronaut like his father.

Garriott flew up to the station with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov and U.S. astronaut Michael Fincke, who are scheduled to spend six months in orbit. Garriott is due to return to Earth in a Soyuz capsule on Oct. 24 with Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, who have been there since April.

Richard Garriott — who says he spent a large portion of his wealth on the trip — is a board member and investor in Space Adventures, a U.S.-based company that has organized flights to the space station aboard Russian craft for five other paying customers since 2001.

Sergei Volkov, the first person to follow a parent into space, took a more traditional route. The 35-year-old entered Russia’s air-force academy after graduating and became a pilot.

His father flew three space missions and was on the Mir station when the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991.