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Catherine Watson May 10, 1993

Release No. 93-035


This Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Skylab, America's first space station, and Johnson Space Center (JSC) will celebrate with a host of briefings, panel discussions and tours.

Employees will participate in a number of round-table discussions about the lessons learned during the Skylab program early in the week. These will include informal discussions between Skylab operators and space shuttle and Space Station Freedom workers and sessions on guidance, navigation and control; electrical power systems; environmental and thermal control systems; data management systems; training and planning.

Friday, the biggest day of the celebration, will begin at 8:15 a.m. with opening statements by JSC managers including Frank Hughes, chief of the Mission Operations Directorate's Space Flight Training Division, at Space Center Houston. After that, there will be a special showing of the short film "On Human Destiny" and tours of the Skylab trainer.

News media representatives are invited to attend a series of panel discussions and a display of Skylab memorabilia and operations products on Friday in the Bldg. 2 Teague Auditorium.

At 1 p.m., a payload operations panel discussion moderated by Ronnie Lanier and featuring Larry Bourgeois (Corollary), Jack Knight (Biomed), Earl Thompson (Earth Resources) and Denny Holt (Apollo Telescope Mount) is planned.

At 2 p.m., a management and operations panel discussion moderated by Flight Director Milt Heflin and featuring Skylab Program Manager William Schneider, Skylab Operations Director Eugene Kranz, and Skylab Flight Directors Charles Lewis and Don Puddy will begin.

At 3 p.m., a Skylab crew panel discussion featuring Astronauts Paul J. Weitz, Joseph R. Kerwin and Story Musgrave is planned. Additional Skylab astronauts may participate as their schedules allow.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Still photographs from the Skylab program are available in JSC's Still Photo Library; call 483-8603. Videotapes of four NASA-produced movies about Skylab and its research are available through JSC's Film and Video Distribution Library; call 486-9606.


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