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Skylab 2

May 25, 1973 - June 22, 1973 



28 days & 50 minutes 

First manned mission. The crew rendezvoused with Skylab on the fifth orbit. After making substantial repairs, including deployment of a parasol sunshade which cooled the inside temperatures to 23.8 degrees C (75 degrees F), by June 4 the workshop was in full operation. In orbit the crew conducted solar astronomy and Earth resources experiments, medical studies, and five student experiments; 404 orbits and 392 experiment hours were completed; three EVAs totaled six hours, 20 minutes.

Mission Achievements

Installed a solar shield "parasol" from scientific airlock.  Released solar array wing on EVA.  Doubled previous length of time in space.


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