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Message to the Skylab 1 Crew Following Splashdown.

June 22, 1973

To Astronauts Conrad, Kerwin, and Weitz:

The successful completion of the first mission of Skylab is a source of intense pride for the American people. You have demonstrated that just as man can conquer the elements of Earth, he can cope with the exigencies of space. You have given conclusive evidence that, even with the most advanced scientific and technological support in the world, the courage and resourcefulness of good men are still central to the success of the human adventure.

On behalf of the American people, I welcome you home from the Skylab spaceship to spaceship Earth. I also look forward to seeing you at San Clemente on Sunday.


Note: The message was relayed to the astronauts on board the recovery ship U.S.S. Ticonderoga.

Richard Nixon, Message to the Skylab 1 Crew Following Splashdown. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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