What was Skylab?

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The early spacecraft which took people into orbit were very small and cramped. An astronaut could hardly sneeze without bumping into something. The American Skylab, launched in 1973, was entirely different. Made from an unwanted Saturn-rocket body, it mea­sured 26 m (85 ft) in length and weighed over 80 tonnes.

What was Skylab?

The early spacecraft which took people into orbit were very small and cramped. An astronaut could hardly sneeze without bumping into something. The American Skylab, launched in 1973, was entirely different. Made from an unwanted Saturn-rocket body, it mea­sured 26 m (85 ft) in length and weighed over 80 tonnes. It was much the largest craft launched by the Americans at that time. It even had a dining ­room table and a lavatory which flushed! More importantly, it was equipped, like any other laboratory, for scientific experiments. It could generate most of its own power supply through four panels, looking like the sails of a windmill, which drew energy from the Sun.
Three teams of astronauts used Skylab over a period of 10 months. They reached it in an Apollo spacecraft, docked at the rear of the airlock module. One crew spent 84 days in orbit. The Soviet Union also had an orbiting labora­tory, known as Salyut, in which Soviet cosmo­nauts stayed in space for even longer periods.

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American Skylab, Apollo, Apollo Spacecraft, Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Lavatory, Orbit, Salyut, Spacecraft, Sun

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author avatar Denise O
4th Jan 2011 (#)

I would love to go out in space. It would be cool.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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