Today is the 10th anniversary of the Columbia accident. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade, though I guess it should seem more real now that the Shuttle is retired. I’ve written about Columbia and her astronauts here and here. It doesn’t get any easier writing about Columbia or Challenger or Apollo 1, but we still remember.
Yesterday there was a celebration for the 40th anniversary of Skylab, with eight of the nine Skylab astronauts at the Explorers Ball at the Space and Rocket Center. Five of the Skylab astronauts came out to Marshall to talk to the employees – Paul Weitz and Joseph Kerwin of Skylab 2, Gerald Carr, Bill Pogue, and Ed Gibson of Skylab 4.
Marshall posted a Flickr album of Skylab pics. I liked this one:
That’s Jack Lousma. I dig the older spacesuit.
The best part of this celebration was finding out that the Skylab mockup has been restored and now has a permanent home in the museum. I remember seeing the mockup when I first toured the Space and Rocket Center in 1985. The mockup was moved outside and left to the rain and the raccoons for years. A group of volunteers started the restoration in 2006, and I’m very happy to see it finished. I’ll be at the museum tomorrow, and I promise to bring my camera.