Photo courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, nasa.gov (accessed January 16, 2013).
Date of Birth: November 22, 1930
Oklahoma Connection: Born in Enid, Oklahoma
In high school Owen Garriott worked at a radio station as an engineer. He also earned his amateur radio license. He joined the US Navy ROTC in college and then served as an electronics officer until 1956. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1960. For the Skylab-3 mission he flew on the Saturn I-B rocket in 1973 where he conducted many experiments. He was a mission specialist on the STS-9 Columbia, which is part of Spacelab. On this mission he conducted the first amateur radio operations using his own call letters. He spent 1,674 hours and fifty-six minutes in space.
Skylab 3 astronaut Owen Garriott on a spacewalk. Photo courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, nasa.gov (accessed January 16, 2013).
Owen Garriott, back (22311.S.72.17482, Jerry Elliott Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division).
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Skylab 2 mission patch and accompanying document with patch description by Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott, and Jack R. Lousma (M2007.76, George Nigh Collection, Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division).