From MSNBC.com Link Space tourist to take custom photos of Earth Computer game developer paying about $30 million for trip to space station Space tourist-to-be Richard Garriott is taking requests for what may be the ultimate orbital postcards from the international space station. Garriott, an American computer game developer training for an October launch, will take custom photographs of Earth for about 200 paying subscribers under a partnership with the "Earth Portraits" program of the Association of Space Explorers and the space history and memorabilia Web site collectSPACE.com. "The Association of Space Explorers' Earth Portraits allows me a way to share the excitement of seeing the Earth from orbit with enthusiasts from around the world," Garriott, 46, said in a statement. "I look forward to taking their pictures from space." Based in Austin, Texas, Garriott is paying about $30 million for his planned Oct. 12 launch to the space station with two professional astronauts under a deal brokered with Russia's Federal Space Agency by the Virginia-based firm Space Adventures. He plans to perform a series of experiments and educational outreach projects during his flight in addition to the Earth Portraits program. Garriott developed the Ultima online and Tabula Rasa computer games, and is the son of retired NASA astronaut Owen Garriott. The non-profit ASE is a group of 300 flown astronauts and cosmonauts from 32 countries. As part of the Earth Portraits program, a limited number of 200 subscribers can pay $500 a piece to have Garriott snap a photo of any location on Earth, so long as it is visible from the space station during his week-long stay. The actual latitude and longitude of the location is required to request an Earth Portrait, with all reservations due by May 23.