GEN ED 111 space. - Max Brown 10981465 Writing Assignment...

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Max Brown 10981465 Writing Assignment Space Travel The news story that overwhelmed papers nationwide on May 26 th , 1973 consisted of three American astronauts on a mission to repair Skylab I, America’s first space station. The New York Times and The Washington Post, both had extensive articles explaining the importance of the mission and the advancements to science it could bring, “…to test man’s ability to live and work in space for long periods of time “( New York Times , May 26 th , 1973, p.A1). In this paper, articles from The New York Times and The Washington Post will be examined and compared relating to the faults and goals of Skylab 1. On May 25 th , 1973, three American astronauts were launched into space on a mission to repair American’s first space station, the Skylab I. The initial launch of the Skylab I workshop damaged three solar panels, which were involved in the conservation of sunlight to electricity, and ripped pieces of the thermal shielding off, which exposed the Skylab to extreme heat. The damage was extensive and the first space repair job was in order. Astronaut Carl Conrad described the thermal shielding as, “That foil has turned black in the sun. Look how it scratched the gold shielding near the wardroom window, that thing really tore off of there” ( The Washington Post , May 26 th 1973, P. A4). This shows how extensive the damage to the 294- million dollar space station was, and how important it was to fix it. After the initial assessment of the damage, and a failed attempt to fix the damaged solar panels, the astronauts tried for seven excruciating hours to make a “hard dock”, opening a passageway from the spacecraft to the space station, with Skylab I. Hooking up with the Skylab workshop was just the beginning of the
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extensive 25 day repair trip in space ( The Washington Post , May 26 th , 1973, P. A1). The mission objectives of the astronauts were; to put an umbrella like shade over the top of the exposed hull, to shield sunrays in order to lower the stations temperature, and fix the shattered solar panels,
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2009 for the course GENED 111 taught by Professor Faunce during the Spring '08 term at Washington State University .

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GEN ED 111 space. - Max Brown 10981465 Writing Assignment...

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