After watching the video below (found here and here and here) I am reminded of the series of possibly less than 100% serious questions here about being weightless in the middle of a large volume and considering the options for reaction masses to get to the side and grab hold of something.

In the video I noticed that there is a central cord or rope to hold on to, possibly for this very reason, or possibly it had a different function as well. What was this for?

Gotta love the vintage music track, one of the zillion instances of the Amen Break (original heard after 01:26 in The Winstons - Amen Brother).

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    $\begingroup$ I never realized Skylab was so big...! $\endgroup$
    – Ludo
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 19:30

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It appears to have actually been a pole, not a cord.

Handrails and handholds, colored blue for quick identification, were located throughout Skylab. A removable, collapsible "fireman's pole" extending from the workshop hatch to the floor of the forward compartment provided a means of rapid movement. However, the astronauts soon found that they could move about easily without using it, and it was removed and stowed.


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Cue the pole-dancing jokes: 3, 2, 1 ....


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