Our First Long-Term Space Station Floated Through Space Like a Dragonfly

July 28, 1973: Skylab drifts far above the Amazon River Valley of Brazil like a deep-space dragonfly.

NASA astronauts lan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott, and Jack R. Lousma admired this view while approaching the the Skylab space station. The astronauts were tucked into the Skylab 3 Command/Service Module, about to start their 59-day mission.


The one solar array system wing of the Orbital Workshop (OWS) was deployed during extravehicular activity during Skylab 1, while the parasol solar shield (visible through the Apollo Telescope Mount) was deployed during Skylab 2.

Image credit: NASA

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