Science: The Longest Journey

There were no speeches, no red carpets, and the Navy band played for only about a minute. After their splashdown on target in the Pacific 225 miles southwest of San Diego last week, the three astronauts were whisked to the deck of the recovery carrier New Orleans. Then, wobbly but smiling, they were guided by NASA doctors a few steps to waiting chairs and quickly carted off atop a moving platform for medical examinations. The return of Skylab 2 Astronauts Alan Bean, Jack Lousma and Owen Garriott was in fact so subdued compared with...

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