Drawings, Comet Kohoutek
Pencil on paper drawing of Comet Kohoutek made by Astronaut E. G. Gibson during the Skylab 3 mission. Gibson, the science specialist and pilot for the third manned Skylab visit, is a solar physicist and focused on the astronomical experiments. He took the opportunity to observe the comet visually through different windows in Skylab during the 84-day mission, supplementing electronographic images taken by various Skylab telescopes.
This is one of a suite of drawings; labeled "early observation" it depicts the comet approaching perihelion passage, predicted for December 28th 1973, some ten days before that date. The full suite of over a dozen drawings and renderings was split between the space science collection and the art collection after it was donated by the Aerospace Corporation.
Gift of the Aerospace Corporation
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Edward G. Gibson
- LITERATURE AND RESEARCH-Drawings & Blueprints (Archives)
- Graphite Pencil
- 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 22.2 × 38.7cm (8 3/4 × 15 1/4 in.)
- Storage: 43.8 × 27.3cm (17 1/4 × 10 3/4 in.)