The first space science lab
Despite being plagued by technical problems for a good part of 1973, Skylab served as our first orbiting laboratory. Crews conducted numerous experiments, medical studies, and solar astronomy from space until the workshop was powered down in early 1974.
Skylab would enter the news again a few years later when its orbit began to decay rapidly. NASA steered the workshop as it fell back to earth to avoid contact with populated areas. Skylab finally broke up and impacted the surface in 1979, dropping debris in the Indian Ocean and sparsely populated parts of Australia.
July 29, 2013 3:08 PM PDT
Photo by: NASA/MSFC
| Caption by: Eric Mack
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