Two astronauts left the troubled Skylab space station for the longest spacewalk yet on Monday (August 6).
SV Garriott piecing together pole section
SV Lousma attaches poles to space lab and talks to Houston Control of earth view.
LOUSMA: "I'm heading backwards. But I'm standing upright looking down at the earth. And right now, course, we're over the blue Pacific. And over the right side there I can see up to L.A. and almost up to 'Frisco...."
GROUND CONTROL: "San Francisco right?"
LOUSMA: "Right. And I can see (INDISTINCT). And it's just all around a beautiful sight."
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Background: Two astronauts left the troubled Skylab space station for the longest spacewalk yet on Monday (August 6). Major Jack Lousma and Dr. Owen Garriott spent a tough six-and-a-half hours grappling to set up a new sunshade, loading telescope cameras with film and trying to track down a short circuit.
Once again the gremlins that have plagued the Skylab mission struck during the spacewalk. The astronauts had difficulty unfolding the sunshade. Finally, the awning supported by two long poles, was deployed -- it will keep the space station from overheating.
Earlier, equipment problems had delayed the spacewalk for 90 minutes. But once it was underway, Lousma gave a running commentary on what he could see to ground control: