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Space Travel Is In My Dreams And An Alabama Field.

By • Aug 13th, 2007 • Category: Random Oddities

A view of Skylab from the departing Skylab 4 mission.I’ve been having a lot of space travel dreams lately. Virgin Galactic seems to be getting close to making zero-g space flight by regular people attainable in the near future. The first to go will need to be fairly wealthy though. Why all the space dreams? I have no idea. On to another space-related tangent.

For some reason, I had it in my head that Skylab met with some horrific fate like Apollo 1. Dr. Adrienne nicely reminded me that, “no…nothing like that ever happened”. Maybe I’ve been standing too close to the microwave.

Unlike the actual details of the Skylab program, a childhood trip to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. was an incredibly memorable experience. One of the exhibits is a never-flown duplicate of the Skylab space station that orbited Earth from 1973-1979. Every surface was covered with acrylic panels, but you could walk through it and get withing an inch of most of the buttons and controls. I remember being in awe of the size of the thing. Granted, I was something like 7 years old…it was still big.

Apparently one of the full scale mockups used by astronauts and engineers during the three crewed missions in 1973 and 1974 used to be in the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. It was moved outside a number of years ago and the temporary coverings have now failed. The Skylab Restoration Project was started by the Alabama/Mississippi section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to save what’s quickly deteriorating. You can make tax-deductible donations via their website.

is a post-hardcore rock'n'roller, graphic designer, amateur chef, typography nerd, coffee connoisseur, radio guy, motorcyclist, skateboard commuter, and a reluctant adult. He lives in Portland's Old Town area with the lovely Dr. Adrienne and Rocco the Dog.
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