Feb 18

Space Rocket History #433 – Skylab – Crashdown

Despite predictions, events seldom occur precisely as expected. The calculated breakup altitude of Skylab was based on its intended structural strength specifications. However, the actual vehicle was stronger than the specified strength requirements.

Mgrs. & Controllers Monitor Re-entry

Garriott with Oxygen Tank Debris. Credit David Hitt

Ground-track of Skylab final passes.

Feb 02

Space Rocket History #432 – Skylab – Reboost

The official decision to proceed with the Skylab reboost mission was made on September 1st 1977, initiating a two-year preparation period for the development and production of the required hardware and systems.

Teleoperator Retrieval System

Skylab Boost Mission

STS-3 Launching in March of 1982

Jul 05

Space Rocket History #261 – Apollo 13 – Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise

At thirty-six, Haise was the youngest member of the crew of Apollo 13, and his black hair and angular features made him seem younger still.

Fred Haise in 1966

Fred Haise suits up for Apollo 13

Fred Haise in front of Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1976