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NationalAeronaubcsand SpaceAdministration

Lyndon B, Johnson Space Cen!_ Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5111

Milton Reim

ForRelease:

RELEASE NO:

78-34

August 1, 1978 2 p.m. CDT

MISSION SPECIALISTS FOR SPACELAB 1 NAMED AT JSC

Astronauts Dr. Owen K. Garriott and Dr. Robert A. Parker have

been selected by NASA to serve as Mission Specialists on the Spacelab 1

mission which is scheduled for the early t980's.

This first flight of Spacelab is planned as a seven-day flight

and is primarily for the verification testing of the Spacelab systems

and Spacelab and Orbiter interfaces.

In addition, approximately

40

experimnts

will

be

on

board.

Garriott flew on the second manned Skylab mission of 59 days

duration.

Experiment

operations

on

that

flight

were

very

successful

and involved a multiplicity of experiments in several disciplines.

Parker served as Mission Scientist and Spacecraft Communicator

during

Apollo

and

Skylab.

On

Skylab

he

made

many

of

the

decisions

that insured the successful accomplishment of experiments during the

flight.

For

the

past

four

years

Parker

has

been

actively

involved

in reviewing all aspects of the development of Spacelab for the

Astronat Office.

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