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The Skylab Crewed Missions
May 6, 2013
 

Skylab I



Skylab 2 insigniaSkylab 1 mission patch

Crew:
Charles C. Conrad Jr., Commander
Paul J. Weitz, Pilot
Joseph Kerwin, Scientist

Launch Date: May 25, 1973
Launch Time: 9:00 a.m. EDT
Launch Vehicle: Saturn 1B
Launch Site: Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center
Recovery Date: June 22, 1973
Recovery Time: 9:49 a.m. EDT
Distance Traveled: 11.5 million miles
Duration: 28 days, 49 minutes

Mission Highlights
First manned mission. The crew rendezvoused with Skylab on the fifth orbit. After making substantial repairs, including deployment of a parasol sunshade that cooled the inside temperatures to 23.8 degrees C (75 degrees F), the workshop was in full operation by June 4. In orbit, the crew conducted solar astronomy and Earth resources experiments, medical studies and five student experiments. The mission completed 404 orbits and 392 experiment hours, as well as three EVAs totaling six hours, 20 minutes.

Mission Achievements
Installed a solar shield "parasol" from scientific airlock. Released solar array wing on EVA. Doubled previous length of time in space.





Skylab II



Skylab 2 insigniaSkylab 3 mission patch

Crew:
Alan L. Bean, Commander
Jack R. Lousma, Pilot
Owen K. Garriott, Scientist

Launch Date: July 28, 1973
Launch Time: 7:11 a.m. EDT
Launch Vehicle: Saturn 1B
Launch Site: Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center
Recovery Date: Sept. 25, 1973
Recovery Time: 6:19 p.m. EDT
Distance Traveled: 24.5 million miles
Duration: 59 days, 11 hours, nine minutes

Mission Highlights
Continued maintenance of the space station, and extensive scientific and medical experiments. Completed 858 Earth orbits and 1,081 hours of solar and Earth experiments, as well as three EVAs totaling 13 hours, 43 minutes.

Mission Achievements
Installed a twinpole solar shield on EVA. Performed major in-flight maintenance. Doubled previous length of time in space.





Skylab III



Skylab 3 insigniaSkylab 4 mission patch

Crew:
Gerald P. Carr, Commander
William R. Pogue, Pilot
Edward G. Gibson, Scientist

Launch Date: Nov. 16, 1973
Launch Time: 9:01 a.m. EST
Launch Vehicle: Saturn 1B
Launch Site: Launch Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center
Recovery Date: Feb. 8, 1974
Recovery Time: 11:17 a.m. EDT
Distance Traveled: 55.5 million miles
Duration: 84 days, one hour, 16 minutes

Mission Highlights
Last of the Skylab missions that included observation of the comet Kohoutek and numerous experiments. Completed 1,214 Earth orbits and four EVAs totaling 22 hours, 13 minutes.

Mission Achievements
Observed and photographed the comet Kohutek. Increased previous length of time by about 50 percent.

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