Dec 01

Space Rocket History #403 – Skylab – S.M.E.A.T. – Skylab Mission 0

This SMEAT crew would test out various elements of the Skylab equipment and procedures in a series of trials, ending in a full-scale simulation that was set at 56 days.

SMEAT Crew Enter Airlock to 20-Ft. Chamber.

Bobko in the LBNP Chamber.

Bobko on Bicycle Erogometer.

Nov 16

Space Rocket History #402 – Skylab – Training Part 2

The backup crew and some support crew participated in an interesting rescue scenario with 2 astronauts flying to Skylab to take back the crew of 3 onboard Skylab. This would mean 5 astronauts returning to earth in the command module.

Neutral Buoyancy Simulator at MSFC

Gibson Training at ATM Simulator

3rd Crew at Mission Training and Simulation Facility at JSC

Nov 02

Space Rocket History #401 – Skylab – Training Part 1

Aside from physically training for the longest crewed missions that the United States had ever attempted, the actual training program was developed simultaneously with the hardware and experiments for the mission.

Skylab 2 Crew Pre-launch Training

Conrad Training

Conrad Training in the MDA

Oct 19

Space Rocket History #400 – Skylab – The Astronauts Part 5 – Pogue & Weitz

Bill Pogue served with the Thunderbirds as an aerobatics pilot from 1955 to 1957.

William Pogue

Paul Weitz

Paul Weitz

Paul Weitz and Peterson on Challenger for STS-6