Skylab 2

Saturn IB

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Pete Conrad

Pete Conrad

Commander

Status: Deceased
6/2/1930 - 6/8/1999
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. was an American NASA astronaut, aeronautical engineer, naval officer and aviator, test pilot, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon. Conrad was selected in NASA's second astronaut class.

Joseph P. Kerwin

Joseph P. Kerwin

Science Pilot

Status: Retired
2/19/1932 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Joseph Peter Kerwin, M.D. is an American physician and former NASA astronaut, who served as Science Pilot for the Skylab 2 mission from May 25–June 22, 1973. He was the first physician to be selected for astronaut training.

Paul J. Weitz

Paul J. Weitz

Pilot

Status: Deceased
7/25/1932 - 10/22/2017
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Paul Joseph Weitz was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, who flew into space twice. He was a member of the three-man crew who flew on Skylab 2, the first manned Skylab mission. He was also Commander of the STS-6 mission, the first of the Space Shuttle Challenger flights.

Mission

Skylab 2

Type: Human Exploration

Skylab 2 (also known as SL-2 or SLM-1) was the first crewed mission to the first US orbital space station Skylab. The mission began on May 25, 1973, 13:00:00 UTC with the launch of a three-person crew. Crew members were the Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., Science Pilot Joseph P. Kerwin and Pilot Paul J. Weitz. During their 26-day stay on the station, crew performed station repairs and conducted scientific, medical experiments, gathered solar and Earth science data. The mission ended successfully with the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on June 22, 1973, 13:49:48 UTC.

Location

Launch Complex 39B

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

182 launches have been at this location.

Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Saturn IB

Length: 43.2 meters
Diameter: 6.61 meters
First Launched: February 26, 1966

The Saturn IB (pronounced “one B”, also known as the Uprated Saturn I) was an American launch vehicle commissioned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the Apollo program. It replaced the S-IV second stage of the Saturn I with the much more powerful S-IVB, able to launch a partially fueled Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) or a fully fueled Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit for early flight tests before the larger Saturn V needed for lunar flight was ready.

The Saturn IB rocket has been launched a total of 6 times with 6 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Type: Government
Abbreviation: NASA
Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine
Founded: 1958
Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS
Spacecraft: Orion
Country: USA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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