Carr, Pogue, and Gibson launched on November 16, 1973, on a demanding 84 day mission. Their plan called for a total of 6,051 working hours between the three men.
"Purely by coincidence, the annual Miss Universe pageant was held just days later on July 20, 1979, in Perth. Unsurprisingly, the large piece of Skylab displayed on the stage almost upstaged the competing lovelies."
Oddly, I remember watching that at my grandmother's house.
When pilot William Pogue vomited, the astronauts should have informed Mission Control, and they should have freeze-dried the product and brought it back for post-flight analysis. But they did neither. Unbeknown to the crew, their conversation deciding to disobey orders was being recorded, and would later be heard on the ground. As Henry Cooper reports in his book on Skylab, it was the first time astronauts were ever reprimanded in public during a flight. This early incident created a tension between the crew and Mission Control which worsened as time went on, and took the ground nearly half the mission to try to set right.
At the end of their sixth week aboard Skylab, the third crew went on strike. Commander Carr, science pilot Edward Gibson, and Pogue stopped working, and spent the day doing what they wanted to do. As have almost all astronauts before and after them, they took the most pleasure and relaxation from looking out the windows at the Earth, taking a lot of photographs. Gibson monitored the changing activity of the Sun, which had also been a favourite pastime of the crew.
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