• Short Summary

    Temperatures are dropping steadily in the damaged Skylab apace station, following the erection of a parasol-type heat shield on Saturday (26 May) to protect the orbiting workshop from the sun's rays.

    "There's no doubt about it, the temperatures have come down in a lot of places," Skylab commander Charles (Pete) Conrad told mission control after a tour of the space station on Sunday (27 May) with crewmates Paul J.

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    Temperatures are dropping steadily in the damaged Skylab apace station, following the erection of a parasol-type heat shield on Saturday (26 May) to protect the orbiting workshop from the sun's rays.

    "There's no doubt about it, the temperatures have come down in a lot of places," Skylab commander Charles (Pete) Conrad told mission control after a tour of the space station on Sunday (27 May) with crewmates Paul J. Weitz and Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin.

    The temperatures inside Skylab had soared to more than 125 degrees Fahrenheit following an accident at launch on May 14 in which part of the heat shield tore off the space station. The astronauts were sent up from Cape Kennedy, Florida, on Friday (25 May) in a bid to salvage the US$2.500 million dollars (GBP 1,000 million sterling) space research programme.

    The Skylab astronauts spent most of Sunday's working shift putting the main cabin in shape in readiness for their programme of experiments and scientific observations.

    Officials at the Houston, Texas, space centre say temperatures in Skylab are expected to stabilise around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27???C). Because of a shortage of electrical power, caused by a jammed solar panel, the astronauts will have to curtail their scheduled 28-day experimental programme.

    SYNOPSIS: Mission commander Conrad reported to ground control on Sunday after a tour of Skylab that temperatures were dropping to acceptable levels. The three astronauts spend Sunday preparing the workshop and unpacking equipment for their programme of experiments.

    Officials at the Houston space centre say temperature in Skylab are expected to stabilise around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of a shortage of electrical power, caused by a jammed solar panel, officials say the astronauts' 28-day stay will have to be shortened. Meanwhile, Conrad. Weitz and Kerwin are going ahead to salvage as much as they can of the one-thousand-million pounds sterling research programme.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9MYIPGXJ2LS8JQ67SYAFEOXCH
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MYIPGXJ2LS8JQ67SYAFEOXCH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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