Searching for Skylab: America’s forgotten triumph
Just one minute into its launch Skylab came within milliseconds of exploding, nearly ending NASA’s entire space program.
The Space Station made it into orbit but there were problems. NASA has 11 days to resolve them. With a display of unprecedented ingenuity, the engineers and the astronauts completed the first ever major repairs in space and continued the much anticipated science exploration
Listen to their stories, learn what Skylab missions meant to them maybe you’ll agree that their missions were crucial to advancing humanity.
Searching for Skylab
The first American Space Station Skylab is found in pieces scattered in Western Australia. Yet this picture of destruction is deceiving. Putting the pieces of Skylab back together and re-tracing the stations history back to its very conception reveals a key program of human exploration.
Using remastered, long lost, and in some cases, never seen archive footage integrated with eyewitness accounts of the astronauts, engineers, and their families, the movie presents a very factual account of the most glorious times of NASA while keeping a very human point of view of the demands placed on NASA and contractor staff. The story of Skylab is a remarkable part of human exploration history without which the world as we know it wouldn’t be possible today.
It is unfortunate that simply by falling in the immediate shadow of the hugely successful Apollo Lunar Landings, Skylab gets over looked. There was amazing science preformed on the orbital workshop, in addition to the crucial rescue and repairs which allowed the undertaking to occur in the first place. The fact that the 40 year old data collected on that space station is still used today in preparing events on the ISS is a testament to the pioneering stature that Skylab continues to exert in space exploration today. Why shouldn’t that story be told?
TASM is excited to bring such an incredible film to our Bertelsmeyer Planetarium. Starting Friday, January 22nd, this documentary will be played during our normal operating hours- see our Planetarium page for more details!
Members only preview
Thursday, January 21st at 1:00pm
Members are invited to join TASM for its very first screening of Searching for Skylab: America’s Forgotten Triumph! Starting at 1:00pm, members of TASM have the opportunity to watch the epic, two hour documentary on our 50-ft Planetarium dome!
Coming soon to our Planterium schedule
Starting Friday, January 22nd
11:00a: Destination Mars
12:30p: Dawn of the Space Age
2:00p: Searching for Skylab feature length documentary
bill pogue’s Skylab suit
Supplement your learning of Skylab by visiting the Bill Pogue exhibit in the TASM exhibit hall. See and learn about Bill Pogue and his Skylab Flight suit!
Shop Skylab Merch
Shop all kinds of Skylab items from apparel, to books, and even a piece of the Skylab itself!