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The Standard of Space Sickness

In the earliest days of manned spaceflight, both astronauts and cosmonauts were strapped in, seated in form-fitting seats and cumbersome pressure suits with very little room to move beyond removing a zipper to pee and poop or take off the suit. 743 more words


Remembering Skylab's Final Orbits

Remember this map of doom/excitement? 

If you remember that map and those three red orbit lines in 1979, you’ll also remember that Skylab’s demise was sooo exciting to the world. 296 more words



July 11th in history:

The first treasury secretary of the U.S., Alexander Hamilton, was felled by a bullet in his famous duel with Vice President Aaron Burr on July 11th, 1804. 94 more words

Today In History

May 14

1973: the United States launches Skylab. Before a space program was even begun, scientists and science fiction writers agreed on the need for a space station. 620 more words


Skylab Launched

On May 14, 1973, Skylab was launched unmanned by a modified Saturn V rocket, with a weight of 170,000 pounds (77,111 kg). The launch is sometimes referred to as Skylab 1, or SL-1.  4,899 more words

United States

American Ozymandias: A Lament for Skylab

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, 1,648 more words


25 kW Power Module (ca 1978, MSFC)

The PM, or Power Module, was initially conceived by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as a 25 kW regulated source of electricity to supplement the space shuttle’s fuel cells during Spacelab missions with increased electrical demand. 319 more words