SKYLAB MISSION-3 CREW - SPECIAL COVER SIGNED 11/16/1973 CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL GERALD P. "JERRY" CARR, EDWARD G. GIBSON, COLONEL WILLIAM R. "BILL" POGUE - HFSID 48195
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SKYLAB MISSION 3 CREW: GERALD CARR, WILLIAM POGUE AND EDWARD GIBSONAll three astronauts on what was then the longest stay in space, sign a commemorative envelope with French postmarks stamped during the mission. Commemorative Envelope signed: "Jerry Carr", "Bill Pogue", "Ed Gibson", 6½x3¾. Envelope bears two postmarks from Meudon-la-Foret, Haute de Seine, France, November 16 and November 18, 1973.Ink stamp cachet from the Astrophysics Section of the Paris Observatory in Meudon. Envelope was mailed on the second of these dates, with a one franc French stamp, to an American collector in Woodbury, New Jersey. Skylab was America's first space station, orbiting Earth from 1973 to 1979, and including a workshop and solar observatory. Three manned missions to the station were conducted in 1973 and 1974. The signers here were on the final manned mission (November 16, 1973 to February 8, 1974), the longest duration spaceflight (84 days) up to that time. Consistent with NASA's chronically confusing nomenclature policy, this mission was named SL-4, with SL-1 the designation of the unmanned initial launch. However, the mission patches read Skylab 3. All three manned missions conducted astronomical and microgravity research, while demonstrating the feasibility of long missions in space. US Marine Corps pilot GERALD P. "JERRY" CARR (1932-2020) was commander of the third and final manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop. Carr, who was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 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. After leaving NASA in 1977, he continued to work in the aerospace industry. WILLIAM R. "BILL" POGUE, 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, Colonel 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. Dr. EDWARD G. GIBSON (b. 1936)was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in 1965. Gibson served on the support crew of the Apollo moon missions, and was involved in the design and testing of the Skylab space station. After resigning from NASA in 1974, Gibson founded his own consulting firm. Corners lightly worn. Crease on top margin from paperclip. Slight surface creasing. Otherwise, fine condition.
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