Owen Garriott, American astronaut, Died at 88

Owen Kay Garriott was born on November 22, 1930, and died on April 15, 2019.

He was an American electrical engineer and NASA astronaut, who spent 60 days aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 during the Skylab 3 mission, and ten days aboard Spacelab-1 on a Space Shuttle mission in 1983.

After serving in the United States Navy, Owen was an engineering professor at Stanford University before attending the U.S. Air Force Pilot Training Program and later joining NASA.


After his NASA career, Owen worked for various aerospace companies, consulted on NASA-related committees, taught as an adjunct professor, and conducted research on microbes found in extreme environments.

Owen married Helen Mary née Walker, his high school sweetheart, in 1952.:61 They had four children: Randall O. (born 1955), Robert K. (born 1956), Richard A. (born 1961) a computer programmer and the creator of the Ultima computer game series, and Linda S. (born 1966).:61 After Owen divorced his first wife, he married Evelyn L. Garriott, who had three children from a previous relationship.:520

His son Richard was launched as a space tourist on board Soyuz TMA-13 on October 12, 2008, the first American and the second person worldwide to follow a parent into space. Owen was in mission control at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the launch and was in attendance when his son returned 12 days later.

Owen Garriott passed away on April 15, 2019, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama.