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Skylab's Fiery Fall

With varying degrees of fear, anger and fascination, but mostly with a detached kind of bemusement, the world this week awaits an unprecedented event: the...

Science: Saving Skylab

Can NASA keep the giant spacecraft in orbit? It is the largest, most sophisticated spacecraft ever built. Launched in May 1973 it was occupied by three...

Nation: Skylab's Spectacular Death

While scientists held their breath, the satellite crashed Western Australia's Nullarbor (meaning no trees) Plain is an arid, limestone plateau that lies east...

Science: Skylab Will Come Tumbling Down

The U.S. abandons efforts to salvage its space station It was the pride of the U.S. space program, the largest and most sophisticated vehicle ever sent into...

Science: Skylab: The Troubled Mission

The sunlight glinted off the object looming larger in the command module window, and Astronaut Charles ("Pete") Conrad Jr.'s exuberant voice came crackling...

Science: Skylab: The $2.5 Billion Salvage

"Skylab 1 is the last Skylab. It's also the first Skylab. So we do not have the maturity behind the hardware that Apollo had. We fully expect that some...

Science: Skylab's Mr. Fixit

To his friends, Astronaut Charles ("Pete") Conrad Jr. is known as "Mr. Fixit." During his youth, his mother recalls, he spent hours with Erector sets, model...

Science: A Soviet Skylab

As usual, the Russians said not a word about the mission. But last month, when the Soviet tracking ships Gagarin and Komarov sailed out of the Black Sea,...

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