gerald carr

Skylab in Time

This time exposure photograph of the Mobile Service Structure makes the structure appear as a streak of light as it moves away from the Skylab 4 space vehicle the night before the launch. 

Skylab 4 launched on Nov. 16, 1973. The crew – Commander Gerald Carr, Mission Pilot William Pogue and Edward Gibson – spent 84 days aboard the station.



Image credit: NASA

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The first stage of SA-515 sits outside the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 12, 2015.

S-1C-15 would have been part of the Apollo 19 mission, which would have sent Fred Haise, Bill Pogue and Gerald Carr to the Hyginus rille region of the Moon.

When the missions of Apollos 18, 19 and 20 were cancelled in 1970, S-1C-15  was undergoing testing at the Mississippi Test Facility, now Stennis Space Center. The booster returned to Michoud, where it has been on display ever since.

A recent kickstarter campaign sets out to relocate the booster from Michoud to the INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi. INFINITY is the official visitor center for Stennis, and is located along I-10 outside the base.

Back the Booster” will see restoration of S-IC-15 as well as barge transport to Stennis, using the same route the stages took back during the Apollo program. The stage will then be driven seven miles to INFINITY, where it will be placed outside the facility parallel to the interstate,

More information on the Kickstarter campaign here.