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Owen K. Garriott, Houston astronaut parade, August 1969. Footage of NASA astronaut Owen Kay Garriott (born 1930) and his family being driven by car at the Houston astronaut parade of 16 August 1969 in Houston, Texas, USA. Garriott (a physicist) was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1965. At the time of this footage, he had not yet flown in space. He would later fly on the Skylab 3 (1973) and STS-9 (1983) missions. Also in the car are his wife Helen and two of their four children. Their four children were Randall, Robert, Richard and Linda. Richard (born 1961) would later fly as a space tourist in 2008. This parade was held to honour the Apollo 11 astronauts, but also featured other NASA astronauts. The Apollo 11 crew had achieved the first landing by humans on the Moon on 20 July 1969. Houston is the home of NASA's mission control, the Manned Spacecraft Centre (MSC), and this was among the first parades held in their honour. It featured numerous marching groups, with around 300,000 people lining the streets. A ticker tape parade was held along the downtown Houston section of the route.
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