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  • A.J. Wright
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      Subject: NASA CELEBRATES SKYLAB ANNIVERSARY AT VON BRAUN FORUM


      Al Feinberg
      Headquarters, Washington Nov. 5, 2003
      (Phone: 202/358-4504)

      Jerry Berg
      Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
      (Phone: 256/544-0034)

      RELEASE: 03-358

      NASA CELEBRATES SKYLAB ANNIVERSARY AT VON BRAUN FORUM

      Eight NASA astronauts who lived and worked on Skylab,
      America's first space station, will celebrate the 30th
      anniversary of the historic laboratory on Nov. 10, during the
      annual Von Braun Forum in Huntsville, Ala.

      Eight of the nine NASA astronauts, who lived on Skylab for
      periods as long as 84 days, will lead panel discussions. The
      eight astronauts, Owen Garriott, Joe Kerwin, Ed Gibson, Paul
      Weitz, Jerry Carr, Jack Lousma, Al Bean and Bill Pogue, will
      discuss past and present achievements in human spaceflight.
      Pete Conrad, the ninth Skylab crewman, died in 1999.

      The public event is at 3 p.m. EST at the Chan Auditorium at
      the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and admission is
      free.

      Skylab, a two-level workshop was made from a converted Saturn
      S-IVB stage. It was launched May 14, 1973 atop a Saturn V
      rocket, the same vehicle that launched the Apollo moon
      missions. Weighing nearly 100 tons and having the same volume
      as a small, three-bedroom house, Skylab orbited Earth for more
      than 171 days.

      Three different, three-person crews staffed Skylab and
      performed hundreds of solar and microgravity experiments.
      While Skylab remains a bright page in NASA history, its
      success was not without problems. About 63 seconds after
      launch, a meteoroid protection shield ripped and tore off a
      solar array panel, jamming and preventing the deployment of
      another. As a result, Skylab was subject to serious
      overheating. The first crew launch, originally scheduled the
      day after Skylab's, was delayed 10 days, while teams at NASA's
      Marshall Space Flight Center worked around the clock to devise
      solutions to the problem.

      Following ground team instructions, the first Skylab crew,
      Conrad, Weitz, and Kerwin, successfully erected a reflective
      parasol sunshade and cut a strap to open the remaining solar
      array. The mission continued until the crew returned to Earth
      on June 22, 1973, clearing the way for the two follow-on
      missions.

      Skylab proved humans could live and work in space for long
      periods without artificial gravity, and experiments showed
      microgravity was not only beneficial but also necessary for
      some research. Skylab was a major stepping-stone toward
      developing the International Space Station, a 16-nation
      orbiting laboratory under construction in space since 1998.

      For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

      http://www.nasa.gov

      For information about the Skylab 30th Anniversary, visit:

      http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/background/Bios/skylab.html

      For more information about Skylab history, visit the Marshall
      Center History Web site at:

      http://history.msfc.nasa.gov/



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