SkyLab – Maybe the Most Important Space Programs So Far.

SkyLab - Maybe the Most Important Space Programs So Far.
It was plagued with problems from the start but it turned out to be one of the most important influential space programs we have ever done. Skylab unintentionally showed us that we could fix major unexpected problems working in space and that we could survive in space for a long periods of time and paved the way for the ISS. This is the story of Skylab, the first and so far only US space station.

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  1. “Maybe the most important space program so far” or “maybe one of the most important space programs so far”. The grammar in your title is confusing. Skylab was not a “programs”

  2. If the Skylab launch had failed, NASA still had a twin "Skylab B" in the barn and was flight worthy. I doubt the public or Congress would have allowed a program to end in failure and I suspect it would have been launched. Ironically, this would have allowed the Skylab program to merge with the Shuttle. The ISS may not have been built as Skylab B would have served as a construction platform for expansion or a new station in the 80s and taken us along a different path.

  3. Salyut 6 was launched in 1977 and already was more advanced than this can. But it wasn't built by NASA so of course it doesn't count. Jeez I guess if you don't invest into PR and marketing your achievements are becomes irrelevant.

  4. The name 'skykab' sounds really cool and the large interior space is better than the claustrophobic modern space stations for those reasons I think they should have kept the space station in orbit.

  5. The one that was successful and led to give almost all the knowledge on very long time orbiting stations was the soviet Mir.

    The Mir station, up there for more than 15 years, with the first Americans and Europeans sharing knowledge with russians towards the future ISS.

    I'm surprised that not a single word about it was mentioned in this video.

  6. If we wish for success in life, it’s essential we commit to making that wish become a reality. The key to success in life is to go from interest to commitment to taking action from personal power.

  7. Very interesting video as usual, Paul.

    I wonder if Brilliant were wondering how Paul was going to transition to their sponsor spot, then all of a sudden, "Wow, Paul, that was well done. Dare we say, " H-hm" BRILLIANT!

  8. They made an attempt to do something before coming down. First they had to take command. We were trying to track the thing, but no good tracking data. I was trying to intercept spacecraft visually and try to point to it and move an 85 foot dish at it. Actually had a smaller dish, plus an acquisition dish, and a camera. We tried a couple days but failed. Finally got accurate tracking predicts from NORAD. They had to communicate initially with spacecraft to upload program to computer so it would function.

  9. Mir was a space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001, operated by the Soviet Union and later by Russia. Mir was the first modular space station and was assembled in orbit from 1986 to 1996. It had a greater mass than any previous spacecraft. Wikipedia

    Launch date: February 20, 1986

    Cost: 4.2 billion USD (2001)

    Height: 27.5 m (90.2 ft); from Kvant-2 to Spektr

    Length: 19 m (62.3 ft); from core module to Kvant-1

    Orbital speed: 7.7 km/s; (27,700 km/h, 17,200 mph)

    Orbital inclination: 51.6 degrees

    Mass: 129,700 kg; (285,940 lb

  10. Project Mars by Werner von Braun: Somewhat less controversial than his previous work "How I used forced labour to build V2 rockets".

    A genuinely complex question around the morality of technology.

  11. I was 11 years old in Western Australia the night Skylab came down. It was a pretty scary night. Of course no one knew for sure where it would fall but even I knew that Australia would be number 1 on NASA's hit list. The final news report I remember before climbing into the bottom bunk and pulling six blankets and nine pillows on top of me was that they had put Skylab into a 'tumbling mode' to increase drag. I mean, I know they didn't want any injuries or damage but what better place to drop it? That final orbit was 90 percent ocean 10 percent desert…

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