Daily Archives: May 14, 2013

Skylab rockets into Earth orbit 40 years ago this hour (1973)

Video: 'Apollo Skylab 1 Launch May 14, 1973.mp4' (liftoff at 4:40)

(Monday, May 14, 1:30:00 p.m. EST, part of NASA’s Skylab program) — Skylab, the United States’ first space station, soared into earth orbit today to serve as a giant “cabin in the sky” for nine astronauts in the next eight months. The first three-man crew would ride another rocket into space on May 25, 1973, to link up with the station.