Astronaut William R. Pogue Training for Skylab 4
William R. Pogue Training for Skylab 4
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Johnson Space Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (U.S.)
Pogue, William R.
Pogue, Bill, 1930-2014
Command Module Pilot William R. Pogue (1930-2014) training for Skylab 4 (SL-4) at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. As Project Apollo was winding down and the final three missions (Apollo 18, Apollo 19, and Apollo 20) were canceled, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) looked for ways to repurpose launch vehicles and other equipment. Out of this, Skylab and three space science missions were born. Skylab was conceived by famed rocket designer, Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), to use an unused upper-stage fuel tank and convert it to an orbital laboratory. This was necessitated by NASA's budget being slashed. With the tank becoming the basis of the space station, NASA added solar arrays, a docking adapter, and a space observatory. The Skylab missions were constituted of one mission to put the station in space (Skylab 1), using a modified and last Saturn V to launch, and three crewed missions (Skylab 2, Skylab 3, and Skylab 4) to occupy the lab and perform science, using the smaller Saturn IB booster to launch the three astronaut crews. When launched on May 14, 1973, the station encountered problems immediately. A micrometeoroid shield prematurely deployed and tore off one of the two main solar arrays. NASA engineers went to work and were able to save Skylab and the three crewed missions. Each of the subsequent missions set what were then endurance records for living in space and conducted substantial space science experiments. NASA tried to keep Skylab in orbit after Skylab 4 (SL-4) and until the Space Shuttle could boast its orbit, but with a decaying orbit, it crashed on July 11, 1979. Skylab 4 (SL-4) was launched from Launch Complex 39B on November 16, 1973, using what was jokingly referred to as a "milk stool" to adapt the launcher to the smaller Saturn IB booster. Skylab 4 (SL-4)'s crew consisted of Mission Commander Gerald P. Carr (1932-), Pogue, and Science Pilot Edward Gibson (1936-). The mission set a then endurance record of more than 84 days in space.
Original black and white photographic print, October 18, 1973: Space Walk of Fame Collection.
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Digital reproduction of original black and white photographic print, October 18, 1973.
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Florida Space Coast History Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.
1 black and white photographic print
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
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