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Skylab Orbital Workshop, Backup Flight Unit

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Skylab Orbital Workshop, backup flight unit

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. It was on display in the Museum's Space Hall from 1976, until the museum temporarily closed for renovations which began in 2018. The orbital workshop has been slightly modified to permit viewers to walk through the living quarters.

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Photo by Eric Long/NASM, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Courtesy National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.