Posts: 2292 From: Netherlands Registered: Nov 2001
posted April 14, 2007 02:41 AM
A photo from the days when Fred Haise was a Shuttle astronaut. Haise and Jack Lousma were named in March 1978 as the third Shuttle crew and trained several months for a mission which would boost the Skylab space station to a higher orbit. But due to increased solar activity Skylab’s orbit decayed faster than anticipated and the Shuttle’s first flight was delayed again and again. Early plans had called for the reboost mission to be undertaken on the sixth Shuttle mission, but schedule pressures pushed it as far ahead as the second mission. In the end, the first Shuttle flight was made almost two years after Skylab’s fiery end on July 11, 1979. Haise resigned and Lousma was promoted to commander for the third Shuttle mission, which flew in March 1982.
Posts: 1597 From: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland Registered: May 2004
posted April 14, 2007 07:49 AM
That's a great pic Ed... ANOTHER one I've never seen before.