One thing more powerful than Sen. Jake Garn's love for watching space shuttle launches is his loyalty to friends, especially when they flew with him into space.

Garn, R-Utah, wanted to attend the scheduled launch of the shuttle Atlantis Thursday morning but will skip it to attend the retirement party in Houston of Col. Bo Bobco.Bobco commanded the space shuttle Discovery flight 21/2 years ago that took Garn along as a congressional observer.

"Before they had scheduled this shuttle launch, I had agreed to be there (at the party). I not only needed to keep the obligation, it was important where I had flown with him for seven days in space," Garn said.