On Thursday (December 27) and Friday (December 28), the three Skylab astronauts were due to spend almost 24 hours photographing the Kohoutek comet.
On Thursday (December 27) and Friday (December 28), the three Skylab astronauts were due to spend almost 24 hours photographing the Kohoutek comet. Next month the Comet will pass within 75 miles (120 Kilometres) of the earth.
The man who discovered the Comet, Czechoslovakian Dr. Lubos Kohoutek, has been visiting the United States to talk to the Skylab astronauts, and about the Comet. Dr. Kohoutek studies groups of distant stars. He came across the Comet by accident.
Dr. Kohoutek, left Czechoslovakia five years ago. He visited America as the guest of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. He now lives in Germany.
He talked about the Comet on Thursday at a press conference in Washington. Some of his remarks appear on film. A transcript follows:
SYNOPSIS: Czech astronomer Dr. Lubos Kohoutek, who discovered the comet named after him, talked about it in the United States on Thursday.
The Skylab astronauts are photographing the comet, which will pass seventy-five miles from earth next month.