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August 30, 1995
Skylab Over Earth
Skylab was an orbiting laboratory launched by a
Saturn V rocket in May 1973.
Skylab was visited three times by NASA astronauts who sometimes
stayed as long as two and a half months. Many scientific tests were
preformed on Skylab, including astronomical observations in
light. Some of these observations yielded valuable information about Comet
Kohoutek, our Sun
and about the mysterious X-ray background - radiation that comes from
all over the sky. Skylab fell back to earth on 11 July 1979.
Tomorrow's picture: X-Raying the Moon
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