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Skylab with its characteristic cross solar panels and circular Apollo Telescope Mount in the centre is seen orbiting the Earth, filmed from the approaching SL-2 Apollo command module; the spacecraft used to service America's first space station. A golden foil blanket can also be seen pinned across the top of the spacecraft, added after launch as an extra thermal regulation measure. Skylab was the first space station the United States launched into orbit. The 75 metric ton station was in Earth 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 a solar observatory.
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