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Skylab Program Facts

Skylab Space Station Program Begins
Unmanned launch of station hardware: May 14, 1973 at 1330 hours (1:30PM)EDT

Launch vehicle: Saturn V SA-513 (2 stages)

Orbital period of 93 minutes

Re-entered Earths atmosphere at 1237 hours (12:37PM) EDT on July 11, 1979.

May 25 - June 22, 1973

Skylab 1. Charles 'Pete' Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz launch on the first manned Skylab Flight. Although patches etc. call this flight Skylab 1 it is also referred to as Skylab 2. The first Skylab crew.

Launch: May 25, 1973 at 0900 hours EDT.

Return: June 22, 1973 at 0949 hours EDT

Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B (SA-206, CSM-116)

Mission duration: 28 days and 49 minutes

Completed Orbits: 404 (covering 18,500,000 KM)

Backup Crew:

  • Rusty Schweickart
  • Story Musgrave
  • Bruce McCandless

July 28- September 25, 1973

Skylab 2. Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma launch on the second manned mission to Skylab. Also referred to as Skylab 3.

Skylab's second crew.

Launch: July 28, 1973 at 07:11 EDT

Return: September 25, 1973 at 18:19 EDT.

Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B (SA-207, CSM-117)

Mission Duration: 59 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes.

orbits: 858 (covering 39,400,000 KM) Backup Crew:

  • Vance Brand
  • William Lenoir
  • Don Lind

November 16 - February 8, 1974

Skylab 3. Gerald P. Carr, Edward G. Gibson and William R. Pogue launch on the third manned mission to Skylab. Also referred to as Skylab 4.

Skylab's third and final crew. The longest of all the Skylab missions.

Launch: November 16, 1973 at 09:01am EST.

Return: February 8, 1974 at 11:17am EDT

Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B (SA-208, CSM-118)

Mission Duration: 84 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes.

orbits: 1214 (covering 55,500,000 KM)

Backup Crew:

  • Vance Brand
  • William Lenoir
  • Don Lind
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