A sign accompanying the Skylab display. It reads
This is the backup for the Skylab Orbital Workshop, which was part of America's
first space station. Launched on May 14, 1973, Skylab also included the
Multiple Docking Adapter and Airlock Module.
The orbital workshop is a modified third stage of a Saturn V launch
vehicle. The thing film of gold covering the workshop was part of a thermal
control system to regulate temperature. The large winglike solar panel array
generated electric power from sunlight.
In 1973-74, three
3-man crews lived in Skylab, conducting a
variety of scientific research projects in Earth orbit. The third crew stayed
almost three months, the longest manned U.S. mission to date. The Skylab
missions demonstrated that people could work productively and physically
withstand long stays in space.
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space
||15 m (48 ft)
||6.5 m (22 ft)
||35,400 kg (78,000 lb)