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News Journal archives end of school segregation, Skylab, U-2 spy plane

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“Pages of historical past” options excerpts from The Information Journal archives together with the Wilmington Morning Information and the Night Journal.

Might 15, 1973, The Morning Information

Skylab launched into doubt as liftoff damages energy models

Skylab, the nation’s first area station, was no sooner rocketed into orbit yesterday than a deployment failure of its solar energy wings threatened to delay and severely restrict manned operations aboard the biggest spaceship ever constructed.

The 80-ton area station took off on time at 1:30 p.m., however the vibrations of liftoff apparently broken at the very least one of many two wing-like photo voltaic panels that was to supply energy….

The issue was described as one of the severe setbacks to the nation’s area program, and the launching of the Skylab astronauts was postponed till Sunday….

There was a severe query as as to whether the second and third crews, scheduled to observe in August and November, would be capable to come wherever near finishing their plans for 56-day flights every. The unique plan was for the 9 astronauts to stay and work in Skylab over the subsequent eight months to check man’s skill within the gravity-free circumstances for lengthy intervals….

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