Category: skylab

Skylab and Earth, June 22, 1973. (NASA)

Skylab and Earth, June 22, 1973. (NASA)

Alan Bean outside the Skylab space station, Se…

Alan Bean outside the Skylab space station, September 22, 1973.

Alan Bean on Skylab, 1973: Shaving, reading, g…

Alan Bean on Skylab, 1973: Shaving, reading, getting a haircut.

Happy Birthday to Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bea…

Happy Birthday to Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who turns 85 today. The moonwalker was born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas. In 1969, Bean became the fourth person to walk on the Moon. In 1973, he made his second and final flight into space as a member of the Skylab 3 mission, logging 59 days and 24,400,000 orbital miles aboard the Skylab space station.

On February 8, 1974, the Skylab era came to an…

On February 8, 1974, the Skylab era came to an end when astronauts Gerald Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue left the space station and returned to Earth after an 84-day mission that included 1,214 orbits and four spacewalks totaling 22 hours, 13 minutes. Once they took a few stunning photos of the abandoned outpost from the command module, the Skylab threesome splashed down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of San Diego, California.

(NASA)

On February 8, 1974, the Skylab era came to an…

On February 8, 1974, the Skylab era came to an end when astronauts Gerald Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue left the space station and returned to Earth after an 84-day mission that included 1,214 orbits and four spacewalks totaling 22 hours, 13 minutes. Once they took a few stunning photos of the abandoned outpost from the command module, the Skylab threesome splashed down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of San Diego, California.

(NASA)

February 8, 1974 – The Skylab era came t…

February 8, 1974 – The Skylab era came to an end when astronauts Gerald Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue left the space station and returned to Earth after an 84-day mission that included 1,214 orbits and four spacewalks totaling 22 hours, 13 minutes. Once they took a few stunning photos of the abandoned outpost from the command module, the Skylab threesome splashed down in the Pacific Ocean southwest of San Diego, California.

(NASA)

A Christmas tree made from cans by the Skylab …

A Christmas tree made from cans by the Skylab 4 crew, December 1973.

(NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: Behold the staggering beauty…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Behold the staggering beauty of the Sun as seen from the Skylab space station on December 19, 1973. (NASA)

An epic sunrise view of Cape Canaveral with the Skylab 4/Saturn…

An epic sunrise view of Cape Canaveral with the Skylab 4/Saturn 1B rocket on the launch pad in the distance, November 16, 1973. (NASA)