Saturn IB | Skylab 2

Saturn IB | Skylab 2

Launch Complex 39B
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA













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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Skylab 2

Skylab 2 (also known as SL-2 or SLM-1) was the first crewed mission to the first US orbital space station Skylab. The mission began on May 25, 1973, 13:00:00 UTC with the launch of a three-person crew. Crew members were the Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., Science Pilot Joseph P. Kerwin and Pilot Paul J. Weitz. During their 26-day stay on the station, crew performed station repairs and conducted scientific, medical experiments, gathered solar and Earth science data. The mission ended successfully with the splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on June 22, 1973, 13:49:48 UTC.

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Apollo CSM-116

Serial CSM-116

Launch Crew Count 3

Status Single Use

Landing Time 1973-06-22T13:49:48+0000



Pete Conrad


Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1930-06-02

Deceased 1999-06-08

Status Deceased

Type Government

Paul J. Weitz


Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1932-07-25

Deceased 2017-10-22

Status Deceased

Type Government

Joseph P. Kerwin

Science Pilot

Nationality American

Date Of Birth 1932-02-19

Status Retired

Type Government

Saturn IB

Height 43.20 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 0 kg

Liftoff Thrust 7100 kN

Diameter 6.61 Meters

Mass To LEO 21000 kg

Liftoff Mass 590 Tonnes

Launch Success 9

Consecutive Success 6

Maiden Flight 1966-02-26

Launch Failures 1




Skylab was the first United States space station, launched by NASA, occupied for about 24 weeks between May 1973 and February 1974. It was operated by three separate three-astronaut crews: SL-2, SL-3 and SL-4. Major operations included an orbital workshop, a solar observatory, Earth observation, and hundreds of experiments.

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