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(Studio) Skylab's silent orbit of earth since last astronauts left it and scientists' present attempts to turn systems back on, due to concern about space station, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) 1975 NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publisher relations film, narrated by E.G. Marshall, shown. [NASA admin. Robert FROSCH - says Skylab may begin to fall and reenter as early as fall of 1979.] Skylab's fall earlier than planned, due to sunspot activity, detailed. [FROSCH - states that pieces of space station would begin to break off as it reenters and that there's possibility that some parts wouldn't disintegrate before reaching ground.] Animations and drawings shown. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) plans to use space shuttle to bring Skylab back to earth or boost it to higher orbit outlined. Problems with space shuttle engine, possibly delaying 1st mission, noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Plante, Bill
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