The astronaut crews of Americans experimental space station project, "Skylab" held a news conference in Houston Texas on Wednesday (19 Jan.) to talk about the project and their respective mission.
SV & CU PAN DOWN Model of the Sky Lab
GV Command Module
GV Apollo telescope mount
GV Docking assembly and SV INT Ditto
GV TILT DOWN Orbital workshop
GV Press conference given by astronauts (KEEP SOUND LOW)
CU Conrad speaks
SOUND STARTS: "The Prime..."
SOUND ENDS: "...our twenty-eight."
CONRAD: "The prime objective I guess as Dig mentioned of Skylab two or the first manned flight made up to the lab is the medical aspects of it but I don't want you to misinterpret that in that we in SL-2 will run the majority of the experiment. There are some that won't be run on SL-2 that will be run on SL-3 and SL-4 and I'm sure that (INDISTINCT) will get into those, but we will run the Apollo Telescope Mount, we will run the earth researches equipment. However, the priorities on the flight for SL-2 are to get the medical data and as you know the number 28 days comes from the fact that we have good baseline data medically for 14 days. The doctors are willing to double that so we will go for 28. Assuming that a 28-day flight medically is given an O.K., the doctors have said that it's alright for the next flight to go for 56 so that's how those numbers came about. I really feel that the rime objective of SL-2, no matter how much we've been up there before, we know that we find differences. This is a fantastically large vehicle. We are taking our best efforts with the experience that we have to come up with a good time lag for our three flights. Certainly we would not want to not have enough things to do, by the same token, we don't want to load a crew down and make it impossible for them to get the job done. But we know that in some places we're going to be short and other places we're going to be long on how long it takes something to get done. So I really look at the prime objective of SL-2 as to get up to the Lab, get it running and verify this time line that the 28-day flight is extremely tight. We've got a great deal of things to get done in those 28 days and assuming everything goes well, I'm sure we'll get them all done but we're going to do a lot of--I fell--on-the-job training. We hope to bring back a lot of good data for the next two crews so that their 56 days are even more efficient than our 28."
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Background: The astronaut crews of Americans experimental space station project, "Skylab" held a news conference in Houston Texas on Wednesday (19 Jan.) to talk about the project and their respective mission.
The first Skylab station will be launched in April 1973 and remain in orbit for 28 days.
The 2,000 million-dollar programme will use modified Apollo rockets and spacecrafts, and will be the first United States space mission project to use astronaut scientists.
Apollo 12 astronaut Charles Conrad, who will command the first manned mission, outlined the objectives of the programme to newsmen.