A NEW LOOK AT AN OLD SUN
THE SKYLAB TELESCOPE MOUNT

America's only national space station, Skylab, was occupied by three terms of astronauts between may 1973 and February 1974 in missions of 28 days, 59 days and 84 days.  Part of their science programme involved the study of our sun from orbit.  To achieve this, the astronauts operated the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) which had been developed over the previous decade to fly on Apollo-derived hardware.  This presentation reviews the long history and development of solar telescopes for Skylab and how the astronauts operated the instrument to obtain the science data.  Skylab re-wrote the textbook on solar science and proved invaluable data on which to build new instruments to take a look at our sun
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A new look at an old sun