Collection Item Summary:
The airlock module was part of Skylab, America's first space station. Located between the orbital workshop and the multiple docking adapter, the airlock module served as both a connecting passageway and a crew exit-entry for extravehicular activity "spacewalks." The airlock module also contained a variety of equipment for Skylab systems and experiments. Two complete Skylab space stations were manufactured and equipped for flight. One was launched in 1973; the backup Skylab resides in the National Air and Space Museum. The backup airlock module was exhibited in the Museum's Space Hall from 1976-1996.
NASA transferred the airlock to the Museum in 1976.