Country of Origin: United States of America
Overall: 1 ft. 3 1/2 in. long x 1 ft. wide (39.37 x 30.48cm)
Other (darts): 2 in. long (5.08cm)
Velcro (nylon and polyester), Beta cloth, plastic, ink
This darts game is a replica of one flown aboard Skylab, a manned space station launched into Earth orbit by the United States in May 1973. A crew of three astronauts occupied Skylab during each of three missions. The longest mission, which lasted almost three months, ended in February 1974. Several recreational items such as this dart set were stowed aboard Skylab for the astronauts' use in off-duty time. For safer play in space, the sharp point of the darts was replaced by a Velcro patch, which sticks to Velcro strips on the target. The Velcro Corporation made this set and gave it to the Museum during the year of Skylab missions.
Gift of Velcro Corporation