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The SKYLAB III UFO Encounter - The Evidence and the Contradictions

Post  AstroCamel on Thu May 26, 2011 5:42 am

Astronaut - LOUSMA:

"I saw a couple of satellites that appeared like a satellite would on earth

I saw one that was not like one you would see on earth"

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Skylab spacestation seen from low Earth orbit during Skylab 3 mission

These three men are the prime crewmen for the Skylab 3 mission. Pictured in the One-G trainer Multiple Docking Adapter (MDA) at JSC are, left to right, Scientist-Astronaut Owen F. Garriott, science pilot; and Astronauts Jack R. Lousma and Alan L. Bean, pilot and commander

Skylab 3 Launch Date: July 28, 1973

Mission Highlights
Continued maintenance of the space station, and extensive scientific and medical experiments. Completed 858 Earth orbits and 1,081 hours of solar and Earth experiments, as well as three EVAs totaling 13 hours, 43 minutes.

Mission Achievements
Installed a twinpole solar shield on EVA. Performed major in-flight maintenance. Doubled previous length of time in space.

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Astronaut Owen Garriott Performs EVA During Skylab 3

Date: 08/06/1973
Scientist-astronaut Owen K. Garriott, Skylab 3 science pilot, is seen performing an extravehicular activity at the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) of the Skylab space station cluster in Earth orbit, photographed with a hand- held 70mm Hasselblad camera. Garriott had just deployed the Skylab Particle Collection S149 Experiment. The experiment is mounted on one of the ATM solar panels. The purpose of the S149 experiment was to collect material from interplanetary dust particles on prepared surfaces suitable for studying their impact phenomena. Earlier during the EVA Garriott assisted astronaut Jack R. Lousma, Skylab 3 pilot, in deploying the twin pole solar shield.

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September 20, 1973 (day 263, revolution 1863 of their spaceflight) at approximately 1635 to 1645 GMT.

The Astronauts on board the space station orbiting the Earth witnessed and photographed a Red colored flashing unidentified object that was unlike anything they had ever seen before. they took four different photographs of a strange object while it followed them into the darkness of the Earth's shadow.

Radio Conversation (transcript only) with Houston CapCom about 4.5 hours after the sighting of this object.

LOUSMA: "Did you tell him about that satellite we saw?

BEAN: Yes, we saw a great satellite. We didn't know if we told you about it.
LOUSMA: The closest and brightest one we've seen.
BEAN: Huge one.
LOUSMA: We've seen several. It was a red one.
CAPCOM: No, you may have told somebody, but it wasn't this team. I don't remember hearing about it.
LOUSMA: I guess we didn't report it. It was reflecting in red light and oscillating at, oh, counting it's period of brightest to dimmest, about ten seconds. It led us into sunset. That was about three revs ago, I think. Something like that, wasn't it Owen?

(NOTE: Astronaut Owen does NOT respond to this question, and the topic of conversation abruptly changes. There is no information available regarding whether or not this sighting was brought to the attention of Mission Control prior to this radio contact 4.5 hours after the event).

Conversation during post-flight debrief, from “Skylab III Technical Crew Debriefing” (NASA doc JSC-08478)

GARRIOTT: Do you want to talk about that satellite?
LOUSMA: I saw a couple of satellites that appeared like a satellite would on earth. I saw one that was not like one you would see on earth, so why don't you mention it?
GARRIOTT: OK. About a week or 10 days before recovery and we were still waiting for information to be supplied to us about the identification. Jack first notices this rather large red star out the wardroom window. Upon close examination, it was much brighter than Jupiter or any of the other planets. It had a reddish hue to it, even though it was well above the horizon. The light from the Sun was not passing close to the Earth's limb at the time. We observed it for about 10 minutes prior to sunset. It was slowly rotating because it had a variation in brightness with a 10-seconds period. As I was saying, we observed it for about 10 minutes, until we went into darkness, and it also followed us into darkness about 5-seconds later. From the 5 to 10 second delay in it's disappearance we surmised that it was not more than 30 to 50 nautical miles [35 to 58 statute miles or 56 to 93 km] from our location. From its original position in the wardroom window, it did not move more than 10 or 20 degrees over the 10 minutes or so that we watched it. Its orbit was very close to that of our own. We never saw it on any earlier or succeeding orbits and we'd be quite interested in having its identification established.”

**Note also that page 49 of the “SkyLab III Photographic Index and Scene Identification” document identifies this object as being a “Satellite - unmanned”.


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