Saturday, May 14, 2016

Skylab 1 Launched 1973

Skylab 1 was launched on May 14, 1973 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  It was the unmanned portion of the space station and three astronauts joined it 11 days later.  Skylab was damaged after it was launched: the micrometeoroid shield separated from the module, taking one of the main solar arrays with it.  Therefore, the first crew, Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., Science Pilot Joseph P. Kerwin and Pilot Paul J Weitz, had to effect repairs.

Skylab came crashing back to Earth July 11, 1979.

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