He numbered among the space pioneers,
chosen in 1965 with the first five
scientist astronauts whom no one at NASA
wanted, selected to appease the scientific community
Yet although it took eight years,
he flew, the second Skylab mission,
a record-breaking fifty-nine days he flew.
Not yet finished, he flew again
aboard the Shuttle, the first Spacelab mission,
a record-setting ten days in 1983.
He is one of the space pioneers
who in this century are now passing
into history. Owen K. Garriott, 88,
joins the ranks of those who have died.