HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF/Gray News) NASA reports that former astronaut Owen Garriott passed away on Monday at age 88.
Family members say Garriott suffered a fatal heart attack. It happened while he was being treated for a broken neck following a fall at his Huntsville home on Saturday.
Garriott was one of the first six scientist-astronauts selected by NASA in the 1960s.
He flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission. He later flew on the Spacelab-1 mission.
In lieu of flowers, Garriott's family is asking for contributions to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, HudsonAlpha or the Huntsville Botanical Garden.
No decision about a memorial service has been made, but he will be buried in Enid, Oklahoma.
Garriott is survived by his wife, Eve, four children and three stepchildren.
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