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Mike Isbell
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posted 11-22-2010 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Owen Garriott celebrates his 80th birthday today. Selected as an astronaut in 1965, Dr. Garriott flew on Skylab 2 in 1973 and on STS-9 in 1983. Happy birthday Dr. Garriott!

Steve Procter
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posted 11-22-2010 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Procter   Click Here to Email Steve Procter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A fact well known to me as it is my birthday also! It's also Guy Bluford's birthday today I seem to recall.

issman1
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posted 11-22-2010 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Garriott was originally going to fly a third mission on STS-61K in 1986.

As is known, he retired from NASA after Challenger. 61K's payload re-flew on STS-45 in 1992. Among his other crewmates destined never to fly were veteran David Griggs (killed in a plane crash in 1989) and rookie Michael Lampton (medically disqualified in 1991).

However, Dr. Garriott has the distinction of being the first U.S. astronaut whose offspring went into orbit, as a "space tourist", in 2008.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-22-2010 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Before 61K, wasn't Garriott assigned to STS-51H or 51K, the EOM-1 Spacelab mission? I believed the crew also had Brand as CDR and Mike Smith as PLT.

issman1
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posted 11-22-2010 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that Brand was the CDR for STS-61K. Smith was named as PLT for STS-61I, which would have included a journalist as PS.

It's a strange quirk of history that Dr. Garriott's shuttle flights were led by Apollo veterans (John Young being CDR of STS-9). Garriott himself was among the first scientist-astronauts selected by NASA during Apollo (including STS-9 MS Robert Parker).

Both Skylab-3 and Spacelab-1 ultimately led to the International Space Station which his son, Richard, visited.

MarylandSpace
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posted 11-22-2010 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by issman1:
However, Dr. Garriott has the distinction of being the first U.S. astronaut whose offspring went into orbit, as a "space tourist"
In my short discussion at the 2009 Astronaut Hall of Fame, I quickly realized that Richard Garriott was more than a "space tourist" on a vacation.

issman1
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posted 11-23-2010 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
True. I also wrote that term in quotation marks.

It was often used by the mainstream news media and public at large, who were unaware or unconcerned about Mr. Garriott's official designation of Space Flight Participant. Perhaps it's a sign of the times that space travel is so well established that "space tourist" is part of postmodern culture.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-23-2010 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was correct in my thinking. From a 1984 JSC press release (84-036):

FLIGHT 51-H
Projected date: November 27, 1985
Orbiter: Atlantis
Payload:
EOM-1
Flight crew:
Vance D. Brand, CDR
Michael J. Smith, PLT
Robert C. Springer, MS
Owen K. Garriott, MS
Claude Nicollier, MS
Payload specialists:
Michael L. Lampton
Byron K. Lichtenberg (MIT)

issman1
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posted 11-23-2010 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The fact that shuttle missions and crews changed as much as they did in the 1980s, is really no different to today.

Since it was Guy Bluford's 68th birthday as well, it's interesting to note that (like Dr. Garriott) his second mission, STS-61A/Spacelab D-1 in 1985, approximated conditions and research aboard the future Columbus module.

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posted 11-23-2010 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope Dr Owen Garriott had a very happy 80th birthday. Sorry I'm a day late.

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