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Skylab was a space station launched and operated by NASA and was the United States' first space station.

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Were Soviet missions to Skylab ever considered?

The question How was Skylab's orbit inclination chosen? gave some rationale as to why Skylab was in such a high inclination (close to today's ISS at 51.6). Was there ever consideration (during and ...
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Was there any approval to interrupt the Apollo program for 2 years for Skylab?

In researching an answer for another question, I came across this claim on a NASA history page: On September 2 [1970] Paine called a press conference to announce NASA's interim operating plan for ...
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How did Skylab's “space shower” work?

Skylab had a shower to help the astronauts bathe. How did the astronauts get wet? (Fixed nozzle, movable showerhead, etc.; volume of water) How did they get themselves dry? How did they contain and ...
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What fractions of the time did Skylab spend in Earth-oriented and Sun-oriented attitudes?

The Introduction section of NASA Technical Memo TM-X-64628 Angular momentum desaturation for Skylab using gravity gradient torques begins: The Skylab Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) experiments ...
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How many times would two astronauts have to run around Skylab to turn it by 10 arc minutes?

This answer to the question starts with: This video may help to answer your question. Starting at about 00:24, you can see an astronaut running around the "exercise wheel" of Skylab (an early NASA ...
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How was Skylab's orbit inclination chosen?

As referenced in this question, there were a number of early spaceflight missions at higher inclination than may be expected (given limited payload capability, higher inclination further limits ...
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Why did Skylab have a thick blue flexible cord running down its central axis?

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 ...
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Did NASA tell the Skylab astronauts to “Stop running around!”?

This answer to the question starts with: This video may help to answer your question. Starting at about 00:24, you can see an astronaut running around the "exercise wheel" of Skylab (an early NASA ...
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How did Skylab's electrographic camera work?

This answer links to history.nasa.gov's SP-404 Skylab's Astronomy and Space Sciences. In what looks like chapter 2, page 14 there is mention of Skylab's electrographic camera, shown below. In the ...
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How was the Skylab Rescue mission supposed to return 5 astronauts?

In addition to the three manned missions, there was a rescue mission on standby that had a crew of two, but could take five back down. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylab#Manned_missions How ...
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Why Celestrak has Archived TLEs for most space stations from Russia and the US, but not Tiangong-1, Tiangong-2 or Skylab?

Thinking about this question, I wanted to look at historical data. Then I noticed that while Celestrak does provide Archived TLE data for Salyut 7, Mir, Kvant-1, Kvant-2, Kristallm, Spektr, Priroda, ...
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Why was this Saturn rocket elevated for launch?

This is an image of a Saturn on the launch pad on July 20th 1973 It appears to be resting on an elevated platform that raises it significantly off the ground. Why was this done? It seems like a lot ...
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Would pole dancing cure microgravity health issues?

It is often suggested that gravity should be simulated by rotating the entire habitat module of astronauts in microgravity. But wouldn't pole dancing be enough? The individual astronaut swinging ...
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What would have been the absolute maximum LEO payload of a two-stage Saturn V?

I read about the Skylab 1 mission in which SA-513 was used to lob the Skylab OWS into orbit. One source (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=12519.20) gave some payload masses: Total ...
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Did Skylab have a fixed orientation?

I can not find any reference for this, but it seems to me that Skylab, unlike the International Space Station, had a fixed attitude instead of rotating to have the same side always facing the Earth. ...
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Why was Skylab allowed to fall, instead of being pushed into a higher orbit and preserved for the future?

Consider how valuable ancient artifacts are to us. look at this fancy stick! In as little as a few hundred years debris from skylab would be way more valuable. I'm baffled why the agency didn't want ...
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What were the characteristics of the Apollo Skylab CSM white paint?

The Apollo Skylab CSM had painted white surfaces as well as polished aluminum ones. Was this paint applyed over the aluminum, or was there any surfacing ( a primer? ) to ensure that the white paint ...