Science: Around the Earth For 59 Days

The first Skylab astronauts proved beyond a doubt that man could live and work in zero-G for as long as 28 days.

Now the space agency is about to double the challenge. This Saturday morning, Astronauts Alan Bean, Owen Garriott and Jack Lousma are scheduled to lift off from Cape Kennedy atop a Saturn 1B rocket for the start of a bold new mission aboard the $293 million space station—a record-breaking flight of 59 days that will be the most rigorous test yet of man's ability to withstand the physical and psychological strains of...

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