Navy Astronauts Launch on Skylab Mission, 25 May 1973
The Skylab II spacecraft, carrying the all-Navy crew of Captain Charles Conrad, Jr., Commander Joseph P. Kerwin, and Commander Paul J. Weitz, launched from the Kennedy Space Center and rendezvoused with the unmanned Skylab I workshop in orbit on 25 May 1973.
Among the crew's first tasks was repairing the Skylab I meteoroid shield and solar array system, which had been damaged during launch eleven days earlier.
The crew boarded Skylab I on 26 May to begin making repairs, and activated the orbiting workshop's systems for the first time on 29 May. They conducted medical experiments and studied solar astronomy and earth resources before returning to earth on 22 June.
USS Ticonderoga (CV 14) recovered the crew and the Skylab II spacecraft off San Diego, California