Owen Garriott. Scientist Astronaut.

Owen Garriott

Owen Garriott was selected by NASA in 1965 as one of the first six Scientist-Astronauts.

His first space flight aboard Skylab in 1973 set a new world record for duration of approximately 60 days, more than double the previous record. Extensive experimental studies of our sun, of earth resources and in various life sciences relating to human adaptation to weightlessness were made.

His second space flight was aboard Spacelab-1 in 1983, a multidisciplinary and international mission of 10 days. Over 70 separate experiments in six different disciplines were conducted, primarily to demonstrate the suitability of Spacelab for research in all these areas. He operated the world’s first Amateur Radio Station from space, W5LFL, which has since expanded into an important activity on dozens of Shuttle flights, Space Station MIR and now the International Space Station, with scores of astronauts and cosmonauts participating.

Garriott has also held the posts of Deputy, Acting and Director of Science and Applications at Johnson Space Center, (1974-75, 76-78). From 1984 to 1986, he held the position of Project Scientist in the Space Station Project Office.

This photograph was taken at the Houses of Parliament in London, December 2008.