All About Space - - Nasa At 60 -

10 Sky­lab was launched in May 1973, al­though it can’t claim to be the first space sta­tion to or­bit the Earth – the USSR got there first in April 1971 with Sa­lyut 1.

Sky­lab was as­sem­bled in one piece on Earth and launched as the fi­nal mis­sion of the Apollo pro­gram’s Saturn V rocket. The sta­tion’s three as­tro­naut crews were fer­ried to the sta­tion in Apollo com­mand mod­ules launched on smaller rock­ets.

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