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Nahonal Aeronautics and Spac Administration

LyndonB.JohnsonSpaceCenter Houston.Texa77058 AC713 483-5111

Milton E. Reim

ForRelease Immediate

RELEASE NO:

78-13

SKYLAB ACTIVATION

NASA will attempt to contact the orbitingSkylab space station

beginningMonday from a ground station in Bermuda.

NASA engineerswill attempt to turn on the Skylab command and

telemetry systems and place some of the onboard storage batteries in a

circuit so that they will receive "trickle"charge from the Skylab's

solar cell panels.

Objectiveof the exerciseis to determinewhat conditionthe

Skylab and its subsystemsare in.

The attempt will be conducted by NASA engineersand flight con-

trollers from the MarshallSpace Flight Center, Huntsville,Ala., and

Johnson Space Center, Houston,Texas in additionto the NASAGoddard

SpaceFlightCenter tracking crews.

NASA plans subsequentcontactsafter mid-April from the Mission

Control Center in Houston,through the Bermuda and Madrid ground

stations. These contactswould be designedto activate the Skylab

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