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Ed on one of his three space walks to repair Skylab Space Station components and install and service experiments.
Space walk training in the Johnson Space Center Skylab mockup and the Marshall Space Center Neutral Buoyancy facility. (right)
In the Gemini Program, it was discovered that if we went underwater in our pressure suits and had weights put on us so that we would not float up or down or rotate, it was almost like floating in space. In this state of neutral buoyancy, the restraints and procedures could be developed that would be effective on spacewalks. After a few flights where neutral buoyancy training was used, we concluded that if we could do it in a water tank, we could do it in space. Skylab had many planned and unplanned tasks that had to be performed on spacewalks. In fact, the spacewalks performed on the first manned mission did, in fact, save our Skylab space station and made it useable after it was crippled by major failures during launch.
The Skylab Space Station is shown above at the end of our mission and the last flight to it. Skylab was launched on Skylab 1, May 14, 1973 and traveled for 270 total days and 111 million miles before this picture was taken.
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