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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