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Talking about Skylab. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. But there is also another lesser-known space anniversary this year: 2019 is the 40th anniversary of when Skylab, America's first space station, came crashing down to earth. Existing under the long shadow of the moon landing, the Skylab missions are not exactly common mainstream knowledge. And yet they did great things for furthering our understanding of science, space, and long-term space travel. In this podcast, Skylab nerd, author, and filmmaker Dwight Steven-Boniecki shares his knowledge about what the Skylab missions were, the experiments that were carried out, the drama around its launch, the forgotten astronauts who flew on the missions, and also covers why we should care about Skylab at all. Dwight Steven-Boniecki directed Searching For Skylab, the first full-length documentary about the space station. Shaun Behrens is the host.

Talking about Skylab. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. But there is also another lesser-known space anniversary this year: 2019 is the 40th anniversary of when Skylab, America's first space station, came crashing down to earth. Existing under the long shadow of the moon landing, the Skylab missions are not exactly common mainstream knowledge. And yet they did great things for furthering our understanding of science, space, and long-term space travel. In this podcast, Skylab nerd, author, and filmmaker Dwight Steven-Boniecki shares his knowledge about what the Skylab missions were, the experiments that were carried out, the drama around its launch, the forgotten astronauts who flew on the missions, and also covers why we should care about Skylab at all. Dwight Steven-Boniecki directed Searching For Skylab, the first full-length documentary about the space station. Shaun Behrens is the host.
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Location:

Cologne, Germany

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Talking about Skylab. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. But there is also another lesser-known space anniversary this year: 2019 is the 40th anniversary of when Skylab, America's first space station, came crashing down to earth. Existing under the long shadow of the moon landing, the Skylab missions are not exactly common mainstream knowledge. And yet they did great things for furthering our understanding of science, space, and long-term space travel. In this podcast, Skylab nerd, author, and filmmaker Dwight Steven-Boniecki shares his knowledge about what the Skylab missions were, the experiments that were carried out, the drama around its launch, the forgotten astronauts who flew on the missions, and also covers why we should care about Skylab at all. Dwight Steven-Boniecki directed Searching For Skylab, the first full-length documentary about the space station. Shaun Behrens is the host.

Twitter:

@sf_skylab

Language:

English


Episodes

The End of Skylab

5/23/2019
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Skylab began its descent earlier than expected, and ended up crashing down to earth over Western Australia. Dwight tells the story of the end of Skylab as a space station, and discusses the general public's reaction to the danger of being struck on the head by Skylab debris.

Duration:00:25:45

The Skylab Astronauts

5/6/2019
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Dwight lists the astronauts who flew on the three manned Skylab missions, and tells some anecdotes about meeting some of them while making the "Searching For Skylab" documentary. In some cases, the interviews with the astronauts were the last time they spoke on the record about Skylab. The astronauts who flew the Skylab missions were: SL-2 ==== Joseph P. Kerwin Pete Conrad (CDR) Paul J. Weitz SL-3 ==== Owen K. Garriott Jack R. Lousma Alan Bean (CDR) SL-4 ==== Gerald P. Carr (CDR) Edward...

Duration:00:45:36

Saving Skylab

4/23/2019
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The Skylab launch was pretty textbook...right up until a micrometeroid shield erroneously opened. The shield was damaged, a solar array was ripped off, and another was damaged. Essentially, NASA had just launched a dud into orbit, and they had 11 days to fix it. Writer and director Dwight Steven-Boniecki tells the story of how NASA scrambled to save Skylab. He also gives his opinion on the Skylab mutiny stories. Plus: some news about the Searching For Skylab movie.

Duration:00:42:29

The Origins and Goals of Skylab

4/8/2019
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Dwight takes us through the origins of the Skylab program, its goals, and what it meant to NASA. We also take a look at the experiments carried out on the space station, which included observing the sun, zero-G effects on humans, and...spiders spinning a web in space. For science!

Duration:00:30:33

Meet Dwight Steven-Boniecki

3/26/2019
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In the first episode of the Searching For Skylab podcast, meet Dwight Steven-Boniecki, who just released the first full-length documentary about Skylab. We discuss why he made the movie, how he came to be such a Skylab nerd, and why Skylab has largely been forgotten. Visit the movie's Website: www.searchingforskylab.com

Duration:00:32:29