Skylab Orbital Workshop

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    Skylab Orbital Workshop

    Main living quarters of the Skylab space station; made from a modified Saturn IB second stage (S-IVB); bi-level habitat; cylindrical structure with extended wing of solar panels.

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    Skylab Orbital Workshop Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the Skylab Orbital Workshop.

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This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

The orbital workshop is the largest component of Skylab, America's first space station. It houses the living quarters, work and storage areas, research equipment, and most of the supplies needed to support a succession of three-man crews. Two complete Skylab space stations were manufactured and equipped for flight, and one was launched into Earth orbit in May 1973. After the Skylab program was canceled as effort shifted to Space Shuttle development, NASA transferred the backup Skylab to the National Air and Space Museum in 1975. On display in the Museum's Space Hall since 1976, the orbital workshop has been slightly modified to permit viewers to walk through the living quarters.