Station Program Begins
Unmanned launch of station hardware: May 14, 1973 at 1330 hours (1:30PM)EDT
Launch vehicle: Saturn V SA-513 (2 stages)
Orbital period of 93 minutes
Re-entered Earths atmosphere at 1237 hours (12:37PM) EDT on July 11, 1979.
May 25 -
June 22, 1973
Charles 'Pete' Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz launch on
the first manned Skylab Flight. Although patches etc. call
this flight Skylab 1 it is also referred to as Skylab 2.
The first Skylab crew.
Launch: May 25, 1973 at 0900 hours
Return: June 22, 1973 at 0949 hours
Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B (SA-206,
Mission duration: 28 days and 49
Completed Orbits: 404 (covering
- Rusty Schweickart
- Story Musgrave
- Bruce McCandless
September 25, 1973
|Skylab 2. Alan
L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma launch on the
second manned mission to Skylab. Also referred to as Skylab
Skylab's second crew.
Launch: July 28, 1973 at 07:11 EDT
Return: September 25, 1973 at 18:19 EDT.
Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B (SA-207, CSM-117)
Mission Duration: 59 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes.
orbits: 858 (covering 39,400,000 KM)
- February 8, 1974
Gerald P. Carr, Edward G. Gibson and William R. Pogue launch
on the third manned mission to Skylab. Also referred to as
Skylab's third and final crew. The longest of all the Skylab missions.
Launch: November 16, 1973 at 09:01am EST.
Return: February 8, 1974 at 11:17am EDT
Launch vehicle: Saturn 1B (SA-208, CSM-118)
Mission Duration: 84 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes.
orbits: 1214 (covering 55,500,000 KM)
- Vance Brand
- William Lenoir
- Don Lind