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Why was Skylab launched?

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2009-04-06 00:47:57

Skylab was the first space station the United States launched

into orbit, and the second space station ever visited by a human

crew. Skylab was also the only space station NASA or the United

States military launched alone. The 100 ton space station was in

Earth's orbit from 1973 to 1979, and it was visited by crews three

times in 1973 and 1974. It included a laboratory for studying the

effects of microgravity and the Apollo Telescope Mount solar

observatory. It was launched as a docking station for space crafts

and as an observatory for the goings on in space.

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