Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on November 7, 1973 · Page 36
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 36

Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, November 7, 1973
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PAGE 30 Tl'CSO.N D A I L Y C l T i / K N WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 7. 1973 Sun, comet study, contemplation Skylab crewmen have personal goals By Kotriprisr Sews Scnke HOUSTON -- For astronaut William Pogae. history's longest space flight will be "like the end of a seven-year pregnancy." For Gerald t'arr, who will command the firsl space mission lie has flown, it will be a ringside seat at the "most important and spectacular astro- -nomical event of the century." . For scientist-astronaut Fd- ward Gibson, the third manned Skylab flight will be an opportunity to make new discoveries about the sun and to get people thinking about how to use space better. . For much of the rest of the world, however, the last · manned spaceflight for the nexi year-and-a-half is a ho.! hum affair. Except for its length -- up to 85 days -there's nothing much different from previous missions. Skylab is overshadowed by Watergate, the question of impeachment, the Mideast, energy shortages and high prices. Many people think the $2.5 billion NASA is spending on Sky- ;iab should be used for more down-to-earth purposes. - All three astronauts on this . mission, scheduled to liftoff in the next few days, are rookies. They have been waiting to get I into space since they joined the elite astronaut corps in 1964 and 1966. This is what prompted Pogue's remark about a long pregnancy - An Air Force lieutenant colonel, Pogue, 43, was raised as a Baptist in Okemah, Okla. He says he is not "overly religious," but he plans to reflect and meditate during the flight, which includes Christmas and New Year. Pogue is a friend of former astronaut James Irwin, who founded his own religion after walking on the moon. "I am in William Pogue Will be pilot sympathy with the approach Jim (Irwin) has taken in trying to make religion less of a special, isolated thing and more a part of everyday activity," the Skylab pilot says. ''If your religious faith cannot be integrated into normal day-today activities, then it is pretty useless as far as I'm concerned." The Oklahoman flew 43 combat missions in Korea, was a member of the Air Force acrobatic team, the Thunderbirds, and spent two years as a test pilot in England after graduating from the British Empire Test Pilot School. He and the other crew members fly acrobatics each week to condition themselves against the motion sickness which prevented the last Skylab crew from per- forming'all their duties during the first week and a half of their 59'^-day mission. The sickness is believed to result from floating weightlessly in the large open "rooms" of the space station, equal in total volume to that of a small, 3- bedroom house. On Christmas Day, Pogue Edward Gibson Scientist-astronaut and Carr will step outside for an unimpeded view of the most dramatic natural event to occur in our heavens since Halley's comet passed in 1910. A comet as bright as a full moon, with a 50-million-mile tail, will appear like a modern star of Bethlehem. The mission was planned to take advantage of viewing the comet and studying it with instruments above the obscuring veil of Earth's atmosphere. Called Kohoutek, the fire ball will be visible to the unaided eye from Saturday, through Feb. 1. "The idea that we get a ringside seat to watch a once- in-history comet is particularly thrilling to me," says Carr, a Marine lieutenant colonel. "Never having flown before," he continues, "I'm looking forward to just sitting down and watching familiar places on Earth go by. "I'm going to try to schedule some quiet time each day to sit down and philosophize about things -- a time each of us can gather his own WHY SHOP US? BECAUSE OF OUR QUALITY-SELECTION-SERVICE! Top Quality Beef ROUND SIRLOIN STEAK I STEAK $1191 $139 Ib I I ft. I Ib. Peyton fJonch Style SLICED BACON Jumbo All Meat SLICED BOLOGNA . 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