In Pictures: Skylab, NASA's first space station marks 40 years

NASA's first space station was a pacesetter for current International Space Station and a trendsetter for scientific experiments in space

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Normally, Skylab flew with the solar arrays directly facing the sun. After the micrometeoroid shield was lost, ground controllers maneuvered the space station so that the workshop centerline was at a 45-degree angle to the sun. The solar arrays then operated with less effectiveness, but temperatures within the workshop were kept at a tolerable level, NASA said.

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