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With all the years of building and now operating the International Space Station, it's easy to forget that in 1973 NASA launched Skylab, the first U.S. space station.
This week's Retro Saturday film is Skylab: Mission Made Possible, a 1974 NASA film about salvaging Skylab after its insulation and a solar panel were lost during launch.
It should also be noted that the Russians were quite busy developing their own space station technology in the 1970s. This PBS web site has a brief discussion of Soviet space stations in the 1970s.In 2012, Space.com posted this article about Salyut 1, the world's first space station. The Soviets had their own technical problems, including the loss of the Soyuz 11 crew during re-entry.