ALS signed “Jack Lousma, NASA Astronaut, Skylab II—28 July-25 Sept. 1973,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, January 24, 1974. Letter to "Mr. Fisher," responding to several questions. In part: "I have recently returned from the 54 day flight of Skylab II. Our objectives included a thorough study of the sun, the earth and its resources, and man's medical reaction to long space flights. We performed a number of other experiments, a number of which were devised and prepared by high school students. It has been particularly gratifying in recent months to hear from scientists and engineers around the country that the data we returned will be very useful in accomplishing the ultimate purpose of the space program—to improve the quality of life on our earth. I attribute the safety and success of the flight of Skylab II to God, the spirit of progress of the American people, and the many dedicated and talented men and women who work directly with the space program. My future plans include training as a back-up crewman on the joint US-Russian flight in 1975, and then the development and flight of the space shuttle in the late 70's. I am confident that in a few years, when Americans fully recognize the benefits derived from the space program, critics of our efforts in space will be relegated to the same place in history as those who said, 'It will never fly, Orville!'" In fine condition. In addition to his Skylab flight, Lousma would fly on STS-3, the third orbital test flight of Space Shuttle Columbia in 1983.
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