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Remembering Astronaut Owen Garriott

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is remembering Owen Garriott, one of NASA’s first scientist-astronauts. Garriott flew on Skylab 3 and STS-9 aboard Columbia. He logged 70 hours in space between the two missions. He also supported many charitable organizations in his lifetime and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® in 1997. Garriott passed away on April 15, 2019 in his home in Huntsville, Alabama.

The visitor complex previously had the opportunity to sit down with Garriott for “Tell Me a Story,” our ongoing interview series with astronauts. During this particular story, Garriott recalls a fun “gotcha” moment he had with some of the ground control team during his Skylab 3 mission.

Enjoy hearing of this prank he pulled, but didn’t explain how he did it until 20 years later!

Please join us in honoring Owen Garriott in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame for a special ceremony on April 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM. As always, the ceremony is included with daily admission.

Categories: Astronauts