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July 11, 1979, End of Skylab
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post Jul 13 2006, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jul 13 2006, 10:24 AM) *
Correct, and while I don't think the modifications I would have liked to see on Skylab were all that radical (the Soviets did it in the 1970s, after all)...

I realized belatedly that my analogy made too much of an evolutionary leap (a ca. 1910 flying machine would have been better), but hey, why ruin a punch line? biggrin.gif
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post Jul 13 2006, 10:38 PM
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In the mid-70's I wondered why they didn't simply make up a Thor-Agena booster, attach to the docking adapter and give it a boost. I was devastated when they let it go.

I've seen the some of SkyLab spare hardware at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, it's impressive.

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post Jul 14 2006, 03:36 PM
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QUOTE (Bill Harris @ Jul 13 2006, 10:49 AM) *
I did find a Skylab launch image on Wikipedia, though.

Not related to Skylab itself, but I found a page that sells an audio CD of the Apollo 11 launch. I didn't know where to put it so it might as well go here.

It's supposedly very accurate (there's even a technical page describing how it was recorded) as it captured the bass frequencies the S-1C stage produced, as heard from the press site. There's an awesome preview clip of the launch until Max-Q that really lets you feel the rumble, a must-hear.
If you kick the volume up, the clip will shake your place up!

You can find it here.


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post Jul 14 2006, 06:07 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jul 13 2006, 02:41 PM) *
As for rescuing an abandonded space station, the Soyuz T15 mission did
that with Salyut 7 in 1986 in an amazing mission that does not nearly get
the publicity it should to this day.

Cool mission, thanks for sharing! Mir to Salyut and back to Mir-- never knew they'd done that. Although it sounds like they didn't exactly rescue the space station as much as they rescued the equipment in it for Mir.
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QUOTE (stevesliva @ Jul 14 2006, 02:07 PM) *
Cool mission, thanks for sharing! Mir to Salyut and back to Mir-- never knew they'd done that. Although it sounds like they didn't exactly rescue the space station as much as they rescued the equipment in it for Mir.


They did get Salyut 7 ready to receive at least one more crew, but the
focus went to Mir and Salyut 7 was ultimately and finally abandoned.


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Indeed already 35 years since the beginning of Skylab and by next year the program ended 30 years ago... Time flies!

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