The first United State doctor in space told newsmen in a television news conference with Houston on Wednesday (20 June) that he and the other Skylab astronauts felt so good that he was encouraged that man would one day be able to fly to the planets.
SV Commander Conrad talks with Ground Control Houston.
NEWSMEN:"Commander Conrad. Did you notice any difference in your physical condition as compared with the way you felt at the end of your previous mission?
CONRAD: Well, I guess the doctor may make me eat my words, but I have the feeling that at the end of 28 days that I'd be in better physical shape than When I came back from any one of my three previous flights except perhaps for Gemini Eleven which was of too short a duration. I'm certainly now feeling a heck of a lot better than the eight days of Gemini Five the day before Retro-firing, because that was complete confinement.
NEWSMEN: Any last comments you want to make?
DOCTOR KERWIN: Well, I was gonna say that medically and subjectively, what was quite a big surprise to me was how nice we felt to be able to get up in the morning, have breakfast, and do a day's work. I'm tremendously encouraged about the future of long duration flights for that particular reason. I guess that's it.
CONRAD: See you on the ground.
NEWSMEN: Thanks for the nice words."
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THIS FILM REPORT CONTAINS THE NEWS CONFERENCE BETWEEN THE ASTRONAUTS AND HOUSTON.
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Background: The first United State doctor in space told newsmen in a television news conference with Houston on Wednesday (20 June) that he and the other Skylab astronauts felt so good that he was encouraged that man would one day be able to fly to the planets.
Astronaut Doctor Joseph Kerwin told the newsmen that medically and subjectively, what had been such a pleasant surprise for him was how nice everyone felt.
The Skylab astronauts spent most of the day preparing for their return to Earth on Friday (22 June). The next Skylab crew is scheduled to lift off from Cape Kennedy on July 27.
SYNOPSIS: The United States Skylab astronauts held a news conference via television with Houston Ground Control on Wednesday. Commander Conrad was asked about his physical condition.