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Envelope honoring the launch of Skylab 4, signed by all three astronauts from that mission: Gearld P. Carr, Edward Gibson and William R.

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Envelope honoring the launch of Skylab 4, signed by all three astronauts from that mission: Gearld P. Carr, Edward Gibson and William R. Pogue
Commemorative envelope signed "Ed Gibson" and "Jerry Carr" in black ink and "Bill Pogue" in blue ink. 6½x3½, with 2¾x2 white fabric swatch mounted near right edge. Envelope commemorating the launch of Skylab 4 with "Sky-Lab-4 Launch" stamped on front and 2¼x2½ stamp honoring Skylab 4 on verso, both in blue ink. Postmarked Cape Canaveral, Florida, Nov. 16, 1973. Two stamps affixed on front. Carr (1932-2020), was commander Skylab 4, of the third and final manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop. This was the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes) in the history of manned space exploration to date. From Nov. 16, 1973 to Feb. 8, 1974, the three-member crew, which also included Dr. Edward G. Gibson (science pilot) and William R. Pogue (pilot), successfully completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15 subsystem-detailed objectives and 13 student investigations during their 1,214 revolutions of the Earth. Carr, who was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April of 1966, had previously served in the U.S. Navy before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Between the time of his selection and his journey into space, Carr was a member of several astronaut support crews and was involved in the development and testing of the lunar roving vehicle used during the Apollo Moon landings. Carr, who retired from the Marine Corps in 1975 and from NASA in 1977, then became involved in several aerospace-related businesses. He is married to artist/sculptor Pat Musick. Gibson (b. 1936) was a member of the crew of the final Skylab mission (Nov. 16, 1973 to Feb. 8, 1974), which serviced an unmanned Saturn workshop and obtained medical data for extending space flights. During the mission, the crew observed the Comet Kohoutek. Selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in 1965, Gibson served on the astronaut support crew and was involved in the design and testing of the Skylab space station. After resigning from NASA in 1974, Gibson was involved in research and began his own consulting firm. Pogue (1930-2014) a Korean War veteran and a former member of the Air Force Thunderbirds, trained aerospace research pilots before being accepted into NASA's astronaut program in 1966. A member of the astronaut support crews for Apollo missions 7, 11 and 14, he later piloted Skylab 4, the third and final manned visit to the orbital workshop (1973-1974). This mission, at 84 days, was the longest manned space flight up to that time. Pogue, who made two space walks during the mission, including a record seven-hour EVA, retired from the Air Force in 1975 to pursue a career as a private consultant and to produce videos about space flight. Lightly toned and stained. Postmark touches Pogue and Carr's signature. Ink stamp touches Pogue's signature on front. Pogue and Carr's signatures touch. Pogue's signature is cut off at bottom edge. Fabric swatch is stained. Envelope is unsealed and empty. Otherwise in fine condition.

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