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Posted 06 August 2013 - 05:40 AM
Astronauts Recall Skylab Program at 40th Anniversary Celebration
On July 27, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation hosted a dinner at the Kennedy Space Centerís Apollo/Saturn V Center celebrating the 40th anniversary of Skylab. The gala featured many of the astronauts who flew the missions to America's first space station.
Six Skylab astronauts participated in a panel discussion during the event, where they spoke about living and conducting groundbreaking scientific experiments aboard the orbiting outpost.
Launched unpiloted on May 14, 1973, Skylab was a complex orbiting scientific laboratory. Three crews of astronauts were sent up to perform microgravity experiments for up to three months in a shirt-sleeve environment. The program also provided information about how humans adapt to work during long periods of weightlessness.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001