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    Skylab

    Skylab

    WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES

    11.19.2009

    Courtesy Photo

    NASA

    The idea that ultimately became Skylab first surfaced in 1962 as a proposal to convert a spent Saturn upper stage (Saturn V S-II stage) into an orbital workshop. In 1968, the Marshall Space Flight Center proposed an alternative to the wet workshop concept of refurbishing a space station in orbit. Instead, a fully equipped dry workshop could be launched as a complete unit ready for occupancy. Skylab became the free world's first space station. Launched in May 1973, the Skylab space station was occupied in succession by three teams of three crewmembers. These crews spent 28, 59, and 84 days respectively, orbiting the Earth and performing nearly 300 experiments. This view of Skylab in orbit was taken by the Skylab 4 (the last Skylab mission) crew.

    NASA Identifier: MSFC-7449862

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 11.19.2009
    Date Posted: 10.19.2012 15:29
    Photo ID: 751256
    Resolution: 1536x1477
    Size: 570.06 KB
    Location: WASHINGTON, DC, US 

    Web Views: 218
    Downloads: 44

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