In Pictures: Skylab, NASA's first space station marks 40 years

NASA's first space station was a pacesetter for current International Space Station and a trendsetter for scientific experiments in space

Skylab was an ambitious space program designed to test all manner of until-that-time unproven thoughts about space -- mainly, could man really live for long periods in orbit? But it produced way more scientific data than that: For example, it produced a vast study of the Earth's crust, one of the first comprehensive studies of the sun, a closer look at comets, and manufactured alloys and crystals. Here we have gathered up a bunch of Skylab facts from NASA History Office for an overview of the mission that NASA will celebrate this month.

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