Why was Skylab launched?
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.