• Short Summary

    At Cape Kennedy, Florida, on Tuesday (August 14), a Saturn/Apollo space ship was trundled out on to the launch pad to serve as a possible rescue vehicle for the crew of the Skylab II mission.

  • Description

    At Cape Kennedy, Florida, on Tuesday (August 14), a Saturn/Apollo space ship was trundled out on to the launch pad to serve as a possible rescue vehicle for the crew of the Skylab II mission. But Skylab programme director, Mr. William Schneider, stressed that there was "no immediate need for a rescue" and predicted that the astronauts would be able to return home in their own Apollo craft. Mr. Schneider said the spacecraft being prepared for launching would not blast off before September 25 and would probably serve to transport the Skylab III mission out to space in October or November this year.

    The rescue preparations were put into motion when the Apollo rocket now linked to the orbiting space station developed a leak in two of the four sets of jet thrusters. However, these are not now expected seriously to impair the capsule's operation.

    The Skylab II mission, crewed by Commander Alan Bean, Major Jack Lousma and Dr. Owen Garriot, began a 59-day sortie in space on July 28.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3527Q75OBPS3TFNDORIYP2TJ0
    Media URN:
    VLVA3527Q75OBPS3TFNDORIYP2TJ0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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