Liftoff of America’s First Space Station!

Launching Skylab- 47 Years Later

John Mulnix
May 14, 2020 · 6 min read
Liftoff! The last Saturn V rocket carried Skylab into orbit. The Saturn V first stage produced ~7.6 million pounds of thrust. Picture credit- NASA

Today is the 47th anniversary of the launch of Skylab, America’s first space station. This picturesque launch would soon turn dangerous, roughly a minute into the flight, but before we get to the hair raising launch, let’s talk about Skylab and the last Saturn V rocket.