Pogue, William R. "Bill"

Pilot of 1973-74 Skylab 4, 3rd and last mission to 1st US space station, longest manned space flight

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(1930-2014) US astronaut of Oklahoma Choctaw descent, piloted Skylab 4, longest manned flight of 84+ days, 3rd and last Skylab mission. He received a1951 BS in education from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MS in mathematics from Oklahoma State University in 1960. He was commissioned in the Air Force in 1952, and was a member of the USAF Thunderbirds 1955-57, a solo and slot pilot with them. An Air Force colonel, Pogue came to the Manned Spacecraft Center from Edwards AFB, California, where he had been an instructor at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School since October 1965. He has logged 7,200 hours flight time, including 2,017 hours in space flight. Pogue was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crews for the Apollo 7, 11, & 14 missions. He was scheduled as Command-Module Pilot for the canceled Apollo 19 mission. Pogue was pilot of Skylab 4 (America's 1st space station), the 3rd and final manned visit to the Skylab orbital workshop Nov. 16, 1973-Feb.8, 1974, the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour and 15 minutes) in the history of manned space exploration to date. Pogue, Gerald Carr (commander) and Edward Gibson (science-pilot) completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15 subsystem detailed objectives, and 13 student investigations during their 1,214 revolutions of the earth. They acquired extensive earth resources observations data using Skylab's experiment package camera and sensor array and logged 338 hours of operations of the Apollo Telescope Mount which made extensive observations of the sun's solar processes. Pogue logged 13 hours and 31 minutes in 2 EVAs outside the orbital workshop. In 1991, Pogue authored “How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space?”, answering 270 common questions he received. In 1992, he co-authored “The Trikon Deception”, a science fiction novel, with Ben Bova. In 2003, he published “Space Trivia”, covering trivial questions and answers from the Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle/International Space Station era. His autobiography, “But for the Grace of God: An Autobiography of an Aviator and Astronaut”, was released Jan. 2011.He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1974), Robert J. Collier Trophy (1974), Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy (1975), and inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (1997), amongst other honors. ISP, 10 x 8 b&w glossy seated bust portrait holding Skylab model; undated but ca. 1966. NASA logo & identification on verso.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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