The countdown on the Untied States' third, and final, Skylab Mission began on Monday (October 29th) at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The countdown on the Untied States' third, and final, Skylab Mission began on Monday (October 29th) at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Three astronauts are set to blast off on November 10th for 85 days in orbit around the earth.
The mission will be the longest space flight to date. The first Skylab crew spent 28 days in space and the second, 59 days. The three astronauts, Marine Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Carr, Dr. Edward Gibson, and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Pogue will each conduct specialised experiments.
Three main objectives have been announced for the mission: Continuing observation of medical light physiology; solar observation; and Earth sources observation. There will also be experiments in welding and other forms of materials processing, to assess the effect of zero gravity.
While the mission is in space, the most remarkable comet since Halley's Comet in 1910 will come into view in late November. The more detailed observations than possible from the Earth, could provide new evidence as to the origins of the Solar System.
Following completion of the mission, Skylab will remain in orbit for the projected joint United states-Soviet Union project in 1975. Astronauts from both countries are expected to link up with Skylab and cooperate in experiments.