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FFrench
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posted 05-19-2009 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RMH:
Growing up with neighbors like Joe Engle on the right and Hoot Gibson on the left while having Owen for a father, Richard thought everyone went into space.
The house Hoot Gibson (and Rhea Seddon) lived in was formerly owned by Al Worden, and Worden remembers Richard running around the neighborhood as a little kid.

John Charles
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posted 06-14-2009 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Charles     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by RMH:
I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Richard Garriott on May 16 and wrote some notes.
Randy, thanks for the summary. I heard Richard speak at the Aerospace Medical Association annual conference in Los Angeles on May 7. (Owen was there, too, for a Skylab retrospective panel.)

Did Richard describe his exciting experience during re-entry and landing, when a gas bottle broke loose and jammed his seat? The Kazbek seats in the Soyuz are "cocked" upwards when the parachutes deploy, to give them some room to stroke on landing, to cushion the impact. Apparently a gas bottle (backup oxygen, maybe?) came loose from its mount in the forward section of the re-entry capsule at that time, and fell, narrowly missing Richard's head, and jammed his seat. He and the others worked to remove it and let the seat go through its whole range of motion. As I recall, they were successful, and he was none the worse for the experience.

If you remember him mentioning this, please correct any mistakes in my account.

RMH
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posted 06-15-2009 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He did mention this during the presentation that I was at. I do not remember exactly what it was that got lodged behind his seat but your account sounds accurate to what I remember him talking about. Glad you got to see Owen as well. He was at the event I went to but he did not give a speech. It was neat seeing the two of them together.


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