Portrait of Gerald Carr
Gerald Carr was an American astronaut who was born on
August 22, 1932 in Colorado.
Before he became an astronaut, he served as a Marine pilot. He has logged over
Carr became an astronaut in 1966. He spent over 84 days in space on only one
In 1973, Carr commanded Skylab 4. Skylab 4 is America's longest space flight,
spending over 84 days in orbit around the Earth. The Skylab mission was to
conduct experiments concerning Earth, biology, and the sun. Carr helped perform
many of these experiments and also spent over 16 hours on spacewalks.
The Skylab 4 mission is also famous for being the first mission where the space
crew to go "on strike." The crew complained of overwork, and thus took some
time off in space.
Carr left NASA in 1977 to become vice-president of the Bovay Engineering
Company. In 1983, he transferred to the Applied Research Company. He also
started his own engineering business with two other Skylab astronauts.
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