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Skylab : America's space station
Shayler, David, 1955-
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Springer, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxxix, 375 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Published in association with Praxis Publishing, Chichester, UK."
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TL789.8.U6 S567 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Skylab is not just a story of space hardware and space science, but also of space explorers and pioneers. Using official NASA documentation and interviews with the astronauts and key personnel, the inside story of Skylab is presented as the story unfolds. An evaluation of the lessons learnt from the programme and how these were, or were not, incorporated into the Space Shuttle and Space Station programme is also offered to present the value of Skylab in the context of the current programme, 25 years after the last crew came home.

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A generation ago, the US used Skylab, composed as an offshoot of hardware used for the Apollo moon landings, as a means to plan for long-duration flights in space. Although the Russians built more, longer-duration space vehicles, the three American missions to Skylab permitted the US to gain valuable medical and other information, which permitted a good, free exchange of information with the Russians during the Cold War. Astronautical historian (UK) Shayler presents the origins of Skylab, NASA's preparation for flight, the human elements and operations of space flight, and describes the research fields pursued during the missions, including the scientific instruments, habitability issues, and the lessons learned from the science. There are good black-and-white figures, a good index, and a bibliography, ordered by date. This complete summary of the Skylab program is recommended for general readers, lower-division undergraduates, professionals, and two-year technical program students. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association