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This amazing 16mm reel gives an inside look at the assembly of Skylab and highlights the various different sections that were manufactured by different companies across the US. We see the modifications made to the launch complex and view astronaut training for extended space mission durations and get close up views of some of the experiments and consoles in Skylab. A true gem!
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13 thoughts on “Building skylab 1972”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fred Chatham says:

    I had an early '70's Chevy Vega AND a Ford Pinto station wagon at the same time. Before SKYLAB was due to burn up on re-entry, I spray painted SKYLAB on the sides, hood, and trunk of the Vega. Everyone thought it was the funniest thing ever. When it finally bit the dust I was driving I-75 around 80 m.p h. Between Naples and Ft. Myers, Fl. when the right axle came unglued, I looked in rear view to see it spinning in a circle. The way that car jerked and jumped before my forward motion was dissipated made me imagine that's how going over Niagra Falls in a barrel felt, except with a lot more sparks. Even the wrecker driver thought "Skylab" was funny.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars brookestephen says:

    i remember this well… thanks for the look back! I never thought of it then, but it's the age old question – what do you do with Saturn V's that have already been ordered & built, after you cancel the Apollo program LOL

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Toon van der Pas says:

    Wow Fran, I never saw this movie before. Absolute gold!!!
    Back in the seventies, while on high school and still living with my parents, I had a large poster of Skylab hanging over my bed.
    Thanks for bringing these films to live again Fran! Great quality also.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Green Steve says:

    Thank you Fran, Skylab was before I was born and is not often talked about, in fact I had not heard of it until a few years ago. You've sent me down the research rabbit hole with this one.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Hynes says:

    Skylab – Launched 05/14/1973 17:30 UTC remained in orbit for 2,249 days it was manned for a total of 172 days three missions 28 days/ 60 days / 84 days.
    There were plans for a Space Shuttle Mission to LIFT Skylab to a higher orbit to extend its useful life for another five years – the mission never happened and as a result, Skylab fell to earth on July 11, 19796 landed between Esperance and Rawlinna Australia on the 34,1981 orbit

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ScotchMince says:

    Content recently has been incredible, not to say anything before hasnt been just as good. im just a total sucker for anything NASA, or 60 fabriaction. This channel has been my best find of 2021 by miles

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John O says:

    NASA never did pay the $400 littering fine that the town of Esperance in Western Australia charged them for dumping re-entering Skylab parts over the Australian outback. 😅🇦🇺

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars René Schmitz says:

    Fantastic! Makes me wonder how space history could have evolved if the US had kept Apollo in service or at least as a supplement to the STS, it might still fly today. Just look at Soyuz.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Derek Foulk says:

    Imagine being an astronaut on board this thing and then 6 or 7 years later seeing Alien in the theaters for the first time. Probably freaked them out lol

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rich says:

    After seeing so many shots of it in orbit (complete with “solar umbrella” and minus one of its solar cells) it was interesting to see how it was meant to be!

    Great documentary, thanks for uploading 😊👍

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kidpoker007 says:

    I went to Florida when I was a kid , I live in NJ. We saw Skylab on the launch pad. I was 12 years old. I was big into astronomy when I was a kid and loved when Carl Sagan

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keri Szafir says:

    "Heeeey, it''s Fran again, in Skylab…" 🙂

    By the way, I wonder if they did any research on having sex in low or zero gravity. I'm really wondering how it would feel. Got a bad tendency muscle ache and fatigue making it often uncomfortable to do it on Earth, but how about space? I'm also wondering about the influence of low gravity on the proprioception and nociception, especially in people with autism spectrum conditions. I fear that lack of gravity may be a source of serious discomfort because of sensory understimulation – because many of us actually feel more comfortable sleeping under weighted blankets.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Baloun says:

    I recall, NASA was so enthusiastic about the promising science of Skylab that they planned an extensive and aggressive schedule of tasks for the astronauts. They drove the crew beyond burnout as they probed the limits of the crew's dedication to their life's work. The crew finally had enough and went on strike. Basically saying 'we are going to take break'. Or in other words, come up and make us do it.

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