Science: Skylab's New Crisis: A Rescue Mission?

It was early morning in Houston when the first hint of trouble came. Watching his instrument console, an engineer on duty in Mission Control noticed an unusual temperature drop in the fuel system of one of the clusters of little steering rockets on the Apollo command and service modules (CSM) that had carried the second Skylab crew to their orbital home on July 28 and is needed to ferry them back to earth. About fifteen minutes later, the astronauts themselves became aware of the problem when an alarm went off aboard the space station,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!