After the successes of the Apollo space project, the Untied States is now focusing its attentions on the next major American space project--Skylab.
ANIMATION GV Skylab (SILENT)
CU PAN (Artist's impression) module and Skylab (SILENT)
SCU Astronaut Alan Bean speaking (SOUND continues over module and equipment (4 shots)
SV Astronaut inside module (SILENT)
GV Skylab (ANIMATION) (SILENT)
GV Pictures of Earth, maps, charts, scientists working, etc. (17 shots in all-Alan Bean continues commentary over)
BEAN: "We have ah, three bedrooms that we can live in. They're very small...the beds are on the wall as opposed to on the floor but they're still sample in zero g. We can eat, uh, on little trays similar to the ones you find on airplanes. We have to heat the food there and we have to contain it or it'd float away but essentially we can live a lot more earthlike than we could in the Apollo and Gemini programmes.
"We know that the pollution is not just a problem in small scale. Pollution that's in Los Angeles today will be in Phoenix day after tomorrow. It'll be in Dallas, Texas, the day after that. So what we hope to do is look down at the earth with suitable sensors...let's say infra-red sensors, microwave sensors, and various other frequency bands including just visual cameras, and with this equipment look at the earth, take this information, bring it back and evaluate it using different electronic and photographic techniques and from this data, hopefully, be able to look at crops and tell whether they're diseased or not, look at some and see if they need irrigation, look at some of the forests we don't normally get close to and see how they're doing, try to get a yield, for example, from grass on rangeland, determine the runoff that's going to happen due to spring thaws from the snows on the mountains, find fish in the oceans, ah...many things. We don't really know exactly all the things we can do right now with earth resources, because it's in its infancy."
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Background: After the successes of the Apollo space project, the Untied States is now focusing its attentions on the next major American space project--Skylab. America's first orbital space station is scheduled to be launched at the end of April, 1973. During an eight month period, as Skylab orbits the Earth, it will be visited and lived in by no less than three teams of astronauts. Skylab will orbit Earth every 93 minutes and from its 270-miles high vantage point, the astronauts will use sensitive instruments to make a number of important studies of our planet. And they will carry out a number of experiments involving the Sun, which affects the Earth in so many ways, from weather to communications. Another major part of the Skylab project will be to make a close study of man himself in weightless space.
Alan Bean, commander of the second Skylab crew, recently spoke about the aims of the mission and his part in it.
SYNOPSIS: This is an artist's impression of Skylab--America's fist orbital space station. It is to be launched in April next year and three crews will take turns manning it as it rotates around the Earth. The commander of the second crew, Alan Bean, was asked what it would be like to live and work aboard.
Skylab will orbit Earth every ninety-three minutes and from it, astronauts will be able to take a good look at the planet. Again, Alan Bean.