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Group 5 (1966)
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Paul Weitz was the Command Module Pilot for the first Skylab mission, Skylab 2 that set a new world endurance record of 28 days in June 1973. The unmanned Skylab had been damaged during launch, losing the protective meteoroid shield and one of the two large solar arrays. For two weeks, NASA wrestled with the problem before launching the Skylab 2 crew (Commander Pete Conrad, Weitz and Science Pilot Dr. Joe Kerwin) on May 25 to save the station. The crew successfully deployed the stuck solar array, installed a sun shield and went on to complete 46 of 55 scheduled experiments, as well as restoring the station to operational use, allowing two further missions to be conducted.