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Reviewed and approved by:

Hermann Thomason Bill Peters Pete Frank

Wrap-up Skylab reactivation release

DRAFT

Charles Redmond

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June 13, 1978

EFFORTS TO EXTEND SKYLAB'S ORBITAL LIFE ARE SUCCESSFUL

America's 85-ton, ll8-foot long space station, Skylab, has

been successfully placed in an orbital position which is expected

to give the vihicle a "new lease on life."

Fighting unknown odds, using procedures developed in real

time as the mission progressed, and with a team of people pooled

from the Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Goddard

Space Flight Center, IBM, and three tracking stations - Bermuda,

Madrid, and Goldstone, California, the Space Agency succedded in a

4-month-long effort to stabilize and trim the orbital position of

the space station.

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