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U.S. space tourist Richard Garriott (right) and his father former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott (left) pose for a picture at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 8, 2008. Photo by Sergei Remezov/Reuters

Former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott dies at 88

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott has died at his home in Huntsville, Alabama.

A statement released by the space agency says Garriott died Monday. He was 88.

Garriott flew aboard the early space station Skylab in 1973, spending about 60 days in space.

He also was part of the ninth space shuttle mission aboard Columbia in 1983. That six-person crew was the largest at the time to fly aboard a single spacecraft.

Garriott was selected as an astronaut in 1965. He held other positions within NASA, including director of Science and Applications at the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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