During a special presentation at NASA Headquarters, the agency commemorated the 40th anniversary of Skylab, America's first space station. The program featured Skylab astronauts, a current astronaut and agency managers planning future space missions.
NASA launched Skylab on May 14, 1973. It was the nation's first foray into significant scientific research in microgravity. The three Skylab crews proved humans could live and work effectively for long durations in space. The knowledge gathered during Skylab helped inform development and construction of the International Space Station, just as the research and technology demonstrations being conducted aboard the ISS will help shape a new set of missions that will take Americans farther into the solar system.
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