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Dedicated to Colonel William Pogue, who in 1973, used a Seiko 6139 chronograph to time engine burns on the Skylab space station


Engine Burn


The Ancients never pictured you
Unnatural orbit
Uniformed corpus
When forming stories out of stars
Specs of light as looming gods


A captive man, weightless, floating
His capsule sunward swiftly hurtling
Where night's a vague and useless concept
And day's a dial's fabrication
At seventeen thousand miles an hour
Piloting a space station


With chintzy hand and tiny spring
The progress of mankind you time
Expanding the frontier of knowledge
In a steel hull gone supersonic


Free from atmospheric scatter
The sunlight blinds with pure white fire
An engine burn is like a candle
Snuffed out with a single finger


And In that brief and discrete moment
Time itself reveals a secret
That seconds last a little longer
When man celestial stops to ponder
The universe and all its wonder


By rock of balance wheel and stutter
Of second hand the thoughts of yonder
Fade replaced by stern attention
To steering the ship of man's invention
And degrees of orbital inclination


The Colonel whose profound reflection
Existed during time unmeasured
performs a standard systems check
floats calmly, then returns to work
 

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Was it a manual wound 6139? How does a rotor work in a weightless environment? Isn't this one of the big reasons for using the Speedmaster? Was he doing the timings from Earth or on the space station? "Floating calmly" suggests the latter.
Real questions, not being a wise guy.
 

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He was in the space station. A rotor does work in a weightless environment. When you swing your arms, it turns, no gravity needed
 

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He was in the space station. A rotor does work in a weightless environment. When you swing your arms, it turns, no gravity needed
Famous but is it as famous as the Speedmaster that struggled manfully to time 35 seconds without breaking down or its crystal flying off (round of applause!) :)
 
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