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Launched: November 16, 1973
Landed: February 8, 1974
Gerald P. Carr
William R. Pogue
Edward G. Gibson
84 days, 01 hour
Last of the Skylab missions; included observation of the Comet Kohoutek among numerous experiments. Completed 1,214 Earth orbits and four EVAs totalling 22 hours, 13 minutes.
Edward G. Gibson (Ph.D.) and former NASA Astronaut (former)
Born November 8, 1936, in Buffalo, NY
BS in engineering from University of Rochester;
MS in engineering from California Institute of Technology;
Doctorate of philosophy in engineering and physics from California Institute of Technology
About the Man
Edward Gibson graduated from Kenmore Senior High School, Kenmore, New York. While studying at Caltech, Gibson was a research assistant in the field of jet propulsion and classical physics. His technical publications are in the fields of plasma physics and solar physics. He was senior research scientist with the Applied Research Laboratories of Philco Corporation at Newport Beach, California, from June 1964 until coming to NASA. While at Philco, he did research on lasers and the optical breakdown of gases. Subsequent to joining NASA in 1965, he wrote a textbook in solar physics entitled “The Quiet Sun.”
Gibson’s training and data acquisition as science-pilot on the last Skylab mission were in the areas of solar physics, comet observations, stellar observations, earth resources studies, space medicine and physiology, and flight surgeon activities. He has logged more than 4,300 hours flying time–2,270 hours in jet aircraft.
NASA selected Dr. Gibson as a scientist-astronaut in June of 1965
About the Spaceflight
Skylab 4 – November 16, 1973 – February 8, 1974
Gerald P. Carr, Edward G. Gibson, and Astronaut William R. Pogue
Last of the Skylab missions; included observation of the Comet Kohoutek among numerous experiments. Completed 1,214 Earth orbits and four EVAs totaling 22 hours, 13 minutes.
NASA launched the Skylab Space Station, America’s first experimental space station, into orbit on May 14, 1973.
The purpose of the Skylab Project was to prove that humans could live and work in space for extended periods. The astronauts conducted nearly 300 scientific and technical experiments aboard the Skylab. They also performed medical experiments on humans’ adaptability to zero gravity.
Many solar observations and detailed Earth resources experiments were conducted before the Skylab Station fell to Earth on July 11, 1979.