Skylab Space Station

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The Skylab Space Station was launched May 14, 1973, from the NASA Kennedy Space Center by the colossal Saturn V launch vehicle (the moon rocket of the Apollo Space Program). Sixty-three seconds after liftoff of the Space Station, the shield designed to protect it from meteoroids also to shade Skylab's workshop—moved without any intent. The shield was torn from the space station because of atmospheric drag. This event led to a ten-day period where Skylab has many problems that had to be taken care of before the space station would be safe for future missions. The Skylab Space Station was launched into orbit on May 14, 1973 as part of the Apollo program. It was a 91 metric ton structure was 36 meters (four stories) high, 6.7 meters in diameter and flew at an altitude of 435 km (270 miles). Skylab was designed to allow astronauts to live and work in space for several weeks. It was intended to be a laboratory for astronauts and a base for spacecraft’s. The three Skylab crews spent a combined 171 days, 13 hours, and 14 minutes orbiting the Earth in the station. They circled the Earth 2,476 times and spent their time conducting experiments. The astronauts studied the effect living in space had on the human body. The astronauts took thousands of frames of Earth and solar observation film that resulted from the three Skylab missions. After completion of the engineering tests, Skylab was positioned into a stable attitude and systems were shut down. Skylab was expected to remain in orbit eight to ten years. In the fall of 1977 Skylab was determined to no longer be in a stable attitude because of solar activity. On July 11, 1979, Skylab plummeted into the Earth surface. The debris dispersion area stretched from the Southeastern Indian Ocean across a sparsely populated section of Western Australia. The debris of the crash stretched from the Indian Ocean to western parts of

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