Joseph P. Kerwin

About the Man

Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Born February 19, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois.
BA in philosophy from College of the Holy Cross in 1953
Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School; 1957

About the Spaceflight

Kerwin served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 mission along with Charles Conrad, Jr., (spacecraft commander) and Paul J. Weitz (pilot).

Cumulative hours of space flight are more than 672.
Cumulative EVA time is more than 3 hours.
He retired from the Navy, left NASA and joined Lockheed in 1987.

Skylab 2
May 25-Jun. 22, 1973

The Skylab Space Station was America's first experimental space station. The station was launched into orbit by a Saturn V booster, on May 14, 1973. The purpose of the Skylab Project was to prove that humans could live and work in space for extended periods. Nearly 300 scientific and technical experiments were conducted aboard the Sklyab. Medical experiments on humans' adaptability to zero gravity were performed as well. Many solar observations, and detailed Earth resources experiments were conducted before the Skylab Station fell to Earth on July 11, 1979.

Skylab 2 was the first manned mission of the Skylab Project. Soon after its launch, the Skylab Space Station's meteoroid shield ripped off taking one of the craft's two solar panels with it; a piece of the shield wrapped around the other panel keeping it from deploying. With fellow astronauts Paul J. Weitz and Joseph P. Kerwin, Pete Conrad made substantial repairs to the damaged Skylab Station. The Skylab 2 Crew conducted solar astronomy and Earth resources experiments, medical studies, and five student experiments. After 404 orbits and 392 experiment hours were completed; including three EVAs totalling six hours, 20 minutes, The Skylab 2 crew returned to Earth on June 22, 1973.

Flight Duration: Twenty-Eight Days, and Fifty Minutes

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