Did you know that the Skylab 4 mission launched today in 1973? Skylab 4 brought 3 astronauts to the Skylab space station for a mission that lasted a little over 84 days. While on the space station the astronauts continued working on the science experiments from the previous missions. They collected scientific measurements and images of Earth, the Sun, and the Comet Kohoutek. On January 21, 1974 they made one of the first recordings of the birth of a solar flare from the Sun. After making 1,214 Earth orbits and travelling more than 34 million miles the crew returned to Earth on February 8, 1974.
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Skylab was launched in 1973 and fell back to Earth in 1979.
Skylab 4 was the third and final mission to the Skylab space station. The mission lasted 84 days, 1 hour, and 16 minutes.
The three astronauts on the Skylab 4 mission were Gerald P. Carr, Edward G. Gibson, and William R. Pogue.
The Skylab missions also included biomedical experiments which explored the effects of long-duration space flights on the human body.
During the Skylab 4 mission, the crew took a photograph of Area 51. A dispute between government agencies arose, but in the end the picture was published in the Skylab image archive.
The Skylab 4 Command Module is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.