On this day in Alabama history: Skylab launched into orbit

On this day in Alabama history: Skylab launched into orbit
The Skylab space station cluster, a science and engineering laboratory, was launched May 14, 1973. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of the the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

May 14, 1973

The Skylab space station, which orbited Earth from 1973 to 1979, was launched into space May 14 on an unmanned, modified Saturn V rocket. The science and engineering laboratory was designed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. There were three manned expeditions to the station between its launch and 1974. The space station drew worldwide attention when it fell back to Earth in July 1979. Engineers worked to bring down the station in the southern Indian Ocean, away from populated areas. However, part of the station fell in western Australia. After Skylab, NASA turned its attention to the development of the Space Shuttle.

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