The Only People Ever To Strike In Space

Known as the infamous skylab mutiny, it was a day-long strike by Skylab 4 that happened on December 28, 1973. This actually marked the last of the Skylab missions that were run by NASA and it had a three-man crew.

qph.fs.quoracdn.net

Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson, and William Poque formed up the crew and on that day they decided to turn off all communications with NASA ground control. The reason? They felt overworked, so they took a day off and spent it relaxing. They reportedly just spent the day looking at Earth and then resumed communications with NASA. As per a mutiny, they refused to talk to NASA for the whole period, and then afterward discussed how to move forward.

As the mission had several more weeks left before returning to Earth. This mission was actually 84 days the longest mission of the Skylab era, and it marked a change in NASA onlook on space missions as it took two whole decades before an American astronaut set foot in another space station.

It is an event that has been looked into repeatedly, as it is the only ever known team of astronauts that have gone on strike. A case which has been studied carefully to find out the perfect balance which is needed to endeavor space missions. This includes things like food, relaxation, team management, and even psychology. When it comes to sending people into space it becomes an extremely expensive project, so governments tend to want to ensure their money is well spent.

For example, a single day in Skylab was worth about $22.4 million dollars, so you can only imagine how seriously NASA took this strike at the time. And has continued to ensure its mission look at every aspect of an astronauts time in space, to ensure future projects like going to Mars or returning to the Moon will be a success.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Every Panda In The World Is Owned By China

    No matter where the panda is or in what realm of the world he is wandering, one thing they all have in common is they are actually all owned by the Chinese government. And they make quite a hefty sum of money from leasing them out every year. The panda...

    Read More
  • Switzerland Has Accidentally Invaded Liechtenstein Three Times

    You may not have heard of the small country of Lichtenstein, a tiny country in central Europe which is landlocked by Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It is a microstate, and still has a constitutional monarchy with the Prince of Liechtenstein at the top. But that didn’t stop Switzerland accidentally invading...

    Read More
  • Prehistoric Frogs Show Us Life From 99 Million Years Ago

    Scientist and archeologists together have been able to shine a light into a lost world, finding frogs trapped in a sticky amber resin from over 99 million years ago. These frogs have been preserved in the resin and have most likely been there since the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs. [caption id="attachment_4700" align="aligncenter"...

    Read More
  • Walking Through A Door Can Cause A Loss In Memory

    It has happened to all of us, we think we know what we are looking for and suddenly you do not. As you enter the next room, you are left wondering why on earth did you walk through the door? You run upstairs to grab your phone before going out, and then when you get...

    Read More
  • When One Team Was Defending Both Nets

    When it comes to strange football matches there have been many, some point to the 31 goals Australia put passed American Samoa or the infamous AS Adema 149-0 win over SO l’Emyrne. But actually, the strangest match of football was between Barbados and Grenada during the 1994 Shell Caribbean Cup. ...

    Read More
  • Ball Lightning The Mysterious Glowing Phenomenon

    For years ball lightning has stumped scientists and caused panic all around the world. Many times it has been mistaken for UFOs and caused confusion, even causing damage to homes. And for many centuries it was a mystery, it made no sense when confronted with the norms of science. Was it something supernatural? [caption id="attachment_4691"...

    Read More
  • The Infamous Uranium Thief

    Whenever people debate about nuclear power plants, one thing comes up as a heated subject: nuclear materials are dangerous and having them in the area could mean they fall into the wrong hands. Well, that is exactly what happened in a power plant in North Carolina during the 70s, when two whole drums of enriched...

    Read More
  • Marine Snails Have The Strongest Teeth In The World

    When it comes to strong natural materials, you may think of diamonds or gold. Maybe if you are a scientist then you may think of the amazing spider silk from their webs, but you would all still be wrong. In fact, the answer may come as a big surprise: marine snail teeth are the strongest...

    Read More