Space: Readjusting to Gravity

The prime objective of the Skylab 2 mission was to test how well humans can live and work in space. But Astronauts Al Bean, Jack Lousma and Owen Garriott also had another important goal: observing the earth. Last week, as scientists began assessing the results of the record-breaking journey (during which Skylab 2 circled the earth 859 times in more than 59 days), NASA released some of the astronauts' photographic handiwork. The stunning earth pictures ranged from such geological phenomena as craters on snow-capped volcanoes to sweeping views of Hurricane Ellen to an...

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