In 1966, George E. Mueller, NASA associate administrator for Manned Space Flight, produced a concept drawing of what would become "Skylab," the world's first space station. The first of three crewed Skylab mission launched May 14, 1973 – 41 years ago, today.
NASA launched the unmanned Skylab-1 into orbit by a Saturn V booster 40 years ago today, on May 14, 1973, from Kennedy Space Center. It was the United States's first foray into significant scientific research in microgravity.
Remember the space age? It wasn't that long ago. This illustration from Peter Fairley's 1970 Space Annual is a great line drawing, but moreover reminds me of the wonder and awe we used to have for the space program.