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A Sick Crew and A Sick Ship: The Trials of Skylab 3 (Part 4)

Skylab 3 and astronauts Al Bean, Owen Garriott, and Jack Lousma returned safely to Earth on 25 September 1973, after 59 days in orbit. Yet for the first quarter of their mission, the exact duration of their flight remained open to question. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago this summer, America’s first space station—Skylab—was […]

'Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come': Reflections on Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration

This weekend, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation remembered the United States’ first space station—Skylab. Photo Credit: NASA

In an episode of Mad Men entitled “The Wheel,” the show’s protagonist, Don Draper, intoned while pitching an ad campaign for a Kodak Carousel slide projector, “Nostalgia—it’s delicate, but potent … Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from […]

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to Celebrate Skylab's 40th Anniversary

Skylab, as seen by its second crew in 1973. America’s first space station celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and will be honored at an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation gala this month. Photo Credit: NASA

On Saturday, July 27, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) will host a gala benefit in honor of Skylab, America’s first […]

Retro Space Images: Skylab Stars Shine

73HC-453 Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Pete Conrad leads fellow Skylab 2 astronauts Paul Weitz and Joe Kerwin into the crew transfer van at Kennedy Space Center on the morning of May 25, 1973. The flight of the first manned crew to Skylab had been delayed 10 days while NASA and contractor officials developed plans and equipment for repairing […]

'With Flying Colours': The Revival of Skylab

With a cry of “We can fix anything,” the first crew heads toward Skylab on 25 May 1973. Since the launch pad was originally configured for the enormous Saturn V rocket, the smaller Saturn IB required a “pedestal” to raise its stages to the appropriate level for umbilicals and other utilities. Photo Credit: NASA

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'Get Me Up There': The Plan to Save Skylab

Clogged with debris, Skylab’s sole surviving solar array was left pinned to the side of the station. This view from the first crew illustrates the daunting nature of the problem. Photo Credit: NASA

The month of May 1973 quickly turned from one of euphoria into, potentially, one of the darkest in NASA’s history. After closing […]

'Attitude-Control Game': The Fateful Launch of Skylab

Although the deployment of the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM), in the background, was considered relatively complex in terms of its criticality, no one could have foreseen that Skylab’s solar arrays and micrometeoroid shield would almost ruin the mission. In this view from Pete Conrad’s crew, the tattered wiring and tubing from the torn solar […]

30 Years Since STS-6: The Mission of the 'Geritol Bunch' (Part 2)

It was Paul Weitz (seated left) who decided on the F-Troop moniker for his crew, whose number included (left to right) Don Peterson, Story Musgrave, and Karol “Bo” Bobko. Photo Credit: Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

Thirty years ago this week, the youngest member of the United States’ shuttle fleet took to the skies on her maiden […]

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to Host Fifth-Annual Autograph Show

Photo Credit: Jeffrey J. Soulliere

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Every year for the past five years the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) hosts its annual autograph show. This year is no different. Held at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Nov. 1-3 this year’s show will include 33 space flyers.

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