Owen Garriott was an astronaut engineer from NASA who flew aboard Skylab 3 in 1973 and was part of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia in 1983. He served in the Navy and was selected to NASA in 1965. Skylab 3 set a record at that time for its duration Space at 60 days, its crewmates were the commander Alan Bean and the pilot Jack Lousma. Garriott later became the Director of Science and Applications at the Johnson Space Center.
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Died: Monday, April 15, 2019. (Who else died on April 15?)
Details of death: He died at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of 88, according to NASA.
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The astronauts paid tribute: "I was saddened to learn about the death of former astronaut Owen Garriott, who pioneered long-range space flight aboard #Skylab." – Scott Kelly, who pbaded a US record one year aboard the International Space Station, on Twitter
"Astronaut Owen Garriott was a good friend and an amazing astronaut. I am very sad to learn of his death today. Godspeed Owen. "- Buzz Aldrin on Twitter
Complete Obituary: New York Times
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