Life in the Universe

Living in Space

What was life like on Skylab?

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.


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