Living conditions on Skylab, the American space station that orbited Earth from 1973 to 1979, were remarkably comfortable, considering that it was basically a big tin can in space. The living area was quite large, and the sleeping accommodations were private. The kitchen area included a freezer containing seventy-two different food selections and an oven of sorts. The dining table was placed beside a window so crew members could enjoy a view of space while they ate. Skylab even had the first space shower and private toilet. (The toilet employed a seat belt to prevent the user from floating off.) Because of budget and technical issues, however, Skylab was only visited by human crews three times.