1960s: NASA’s Model Spacecraft Chris January 3, 2012 1960-1969, Science & technology 5 CommentsFavourited 1298 times Add to favourites Via Wired and La Boite Verte 5 Responses Bill Thompson January 31, 2012 Wow, Skylab was an old design. Never knew that. Reply Alan Bickerstaff February 8, 2012 Skylab was always a compromise project, based on the need to use up a spare Saturn V (from the cancelled Apollo 18-20 missions), plus using technology developed for the (also cancelled) USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory programme. The third stage was converted from fuel tank to the lab itself. The pictures of the Lunar Module model are brilliant – if you get a chance to watch the series “From the Earth to the Moon”, watch the episode called “Spider”. It shows all the Grumman development of the LM, including the 5 legged version in the first photo. Reply ap February 13, 2012 Images 2 and three scream “Darth Vader!” and I love the Lunch lady in image 10. Reply qka March 4, 2012 Lunch lady? That’s a sexist comment! I saw a female engineer. They have long been around, admittedly not in the numbers there are today. Reply Alan Bickerstaff April 13, 2012 To follow up on my comment above – I was at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum last week. They have the “back-up” Skylab on display, which you can walk through. Surprising spacious inside. It even has one solar panel missing to duplicate the fact that the flown one lost a panel on it’s way to orbit. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.