Sunday, May 14, 2023


 Hey, Space Placers! 

This week in 1973, the uncrewed Skylab was launched aboard a modified Saturn V launch vehicle from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Clouds of smoke billow out over the surrounding area as the uncrewed Skylab 1/Saturn V space vehicle launches from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on May 14, 1973. The Skylab 1 payload included the major components of the space station: the orbital workshop, Apollo Telescope Mount, multiple docking adapter, and airlock module. The Skylab 2 crew was scheduled to launch to the space station the following day aboard the Apollo Command and Service Module.

Skylab helped pave the way for permanent operations in low-Earth orbit. Over the course of its human occupation from May 25, 1973, to Feb. 8, 1974, three crews visited Skylab, carrying out 270 scientific and technical investigations in the fields of physics, astronomy, and biological sciences. These activities were forerunners of what we do now aboard the International Space Station.

Image Credit: NASA

Apollo and the moon landings of missions 18, 19, and 20 were cancelled by Nixon. 

A 3rd stage of a Saturn V was converted into a space station called Skylab and launched on a Saturn V 5/14/73. 

Skylab was very successful and carried the Apollo Telescope Mount to observe the Sun.

A full scale mock up of of Skylab has been on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

Full view of a blue, white, and silver cylindrical structure. The white and blue sections are textured.

CREDIT: National Air and Space Museum.

Sky Guy in VA

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