Skylab at 50 – How the United States entered the space station era

Published by NASASpaceflight on 05/14/2023 UTC

On May 14, 1973, the final Saturn V rocket lifted off to deploy Skylab, America’s first space station. Despite a troubled start to its life, Skylab pioneered long-duration spaceflight, and fifty years later lessons learned in this program are still contributing to the success of the International Space Station.

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