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Skylab Lunar Orbit Station
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Skylab Cutaway

Skylab Cutaway
Cutaway of the Skylab space station.
Credit: NASA

American manned lunar orbiter. Study 1970. McDonnell Douglas (Seal Beach, CA) did a study on modifying the to modify the Skylab as a moon-orbiting observatory and station

Status: Study 1970.

Jim Craig recalls:

I proposed this to MD in 1970 (as a 12 year-old!), with sketches and mission summary that I hand drew. The proposal would sent a "wet-tank" S-IVB stage Skylab to a moon orbit, the crew quarters to be further outfitted by subsequent Apollo crews after excess fuel purging. The station would conduct in-depth scientific surveys and mapping of the moon.

A company vice president sent me a nice letter in response, along with a copy of their own internal study of this mission (great minds think alike!). Unfortunately, I have lost both over the years.



Family: Lunar Orbiters. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Saturn V. Agency: Seal Beach.

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