#iac2017—@billnye of @planetarysociety broke the news that @Australia announced that the continent will be joining the #spacerace and establish a national space agency! Congratulations #australia, we can't wait to see what's to come, thanks for boosting space science and exploration! 🇦🇺 🚀 🌍
September 25, 1973. 44 years ago. Skylab II splashes down in the Pacific Ocean becoming the first manned American mission to occupy a orbiting, functional space station and the first manned space station mission to end successfully in the history of mankind. It also concluded the longest human spaceflight with a time of 26 days, 11 hours, 2 minutes. Aboard the mission was Commander Pete Conrad (the third man to walk on the Moon, 1969), Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz. While onboard, the crew made repairs to the station which had occured during its launch in May 1973, conducted medical experiments, gathered solar and Earth science data, and performed a total of 392 hours of experiments. Skylab would see another two crews station and operate the facility between 1973 and 1974. The final Skylab mission, Skylab 4 ended on February.8/1974 and Skylab would forever sit empty, never to be operated again. Due to lack of funds for the space program caused by stagflation and a massive recession beginning in 1974, Skylab was never operated again and was unable to be rescued from falling back to Earth. On July.14/1979, Skylab re-entered Earth's atmosphere and exploded over the Indian Ocean, sending huge chunks of debris raining down on Oceania and Australia. It was the only exclusively American space station in human history and stands as a curious era in NASA's history between the Apollo Moon missions (1967-1972) and the Space Shuttle era (1981-2011). #skylab#skylab2#spacestation#spacerace#spaceexploration#spaceexploration#spacetravel#nasa#conrad#peteconrad#kerwin#josephkerwin#weitz#paulweitz#1970s#70s#1973
Have you heard? We are sponsoring a hugely exciting *free* event on NASA and the Women's Movement, Friday 10/6, 7pm @foothills.pac! 🚀 • Presentation by Humanities NY Public Speaker Neil Maher will include group discussions of the media representation of the women's protests in the '60s and a TV interview with Sally Ride - all to help participants better understand the unexplored role of the space race in the history of the modern women's movement.