The crew of Skylab 11, in orbit 270 miles (432 kms) out from Earth, continue to study the planet beneath them, the space about them and the odd effects of weightlessness.
SV Alan Bean and Jack Lousma floating towards camera in Skylab
SV Astronaut looking at a photograph of the earth's surface (3 shots)
CU earth through camera lens and volcano on sardinia visible as camera zooms
SV Owen Garriott experimenting with 2 bubbles.
SV Garriott making a liquid bubble meet up with another - the two join into one
A transcript of the spaceman's comments and of NBC reporter George Lewis follows:
LEWIS: "Alan Bean and Jack Lousme made one of the most successful passes for earth resources photography while trying to locate a volcano on the Island for Sardinia. The pictures they took form 270 miles high ware magnified by a high-powered lens which could zoom down to a perspective equivalent to 40,00 feet above the earth."
SPACEMAN: "See any volcanos?"
SPACEMAN: "Yes. Probably see a couple out there. Here, we go Sardinia right where we want it - hay, that's it. Now let's zoom in and find our volcano. Shutter speed to medium. Thataboy. We got you. Right down the smokestack there, oh? Don't see any water in it or anything like that."
LEWIS: "Owne Garriott had also carried out another science demonstration with liquid bubbles."
GARRIOTT: "....and, if we want to detach it, all we have to do is move the string away. Or, if we want to reattach it we can move right through into the middle. Starting another one. We'll put it one a collision course here with the larger bubble.
LEWIS: "Fourteen science demonstrations are being included in this mission showing the efforts of weightlessness on objects in space."
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Background: The crew of Skylab 11, in orbit 270 miles (432 kms) out from Earth, continue to study the planet beneath them, the space about them and the odd effects of weightlessness.
On Friday (7 September) Commander Alan Bean, Or. Owen Garriott, and Major Jack Lousma observed a smoking volcano on the island of Sardinia from their lofty perch. With the aid of a high magnification camera lens, they locked onto their subject, zoomed in to an equivalent height of about 40,000 feet (12,000 metres) and looked "right down the smokestack."
Dr. Garriott also carried out some experiment using liquid bubbles and showing their reaction to weightlessness.
The spaceman wore jackets for a good deal of the day because the temperature in the space craft dropped to 58 degrees Fahrenheit due to that sun's angle.