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Skylab (with tips for searching the NASA Earth Observations photo database)

May 13th, 2013 by Robert Simmon

Skylab 2 above the Earth's terminator.

This photo of Skylab was taken by the astronauts of Skylab-2 as they left the space station and departed for Earth on June 22, 1973. More photos from all three Skylab missions are archived on NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

To look through the rest of the Skylab collection, select Find Photos > Search > Mission-Roll-Frame from the menu in the upper-left hand corner of the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth home page. Under Missions pick one or more of SL2, SL3, and SL4, then delete the “E” in the Roll field. Finally, hit Run Query at the bottom of the page. On the Database Search Results page, enable the Show thumbnails if they are available checkbox. Click the number in the Frame column to view a screen-sized image. High-res images are downloadable from each Display Record, just click the View link for the image size you want.


One Response to “Skylab (with tips for searching the NASA Earth Observations photo database)”

  1. max shean says:

    The first pic is quite magnificent, even after we have been desentisised from years of space shots. Only the recent NASA picture of our star, exceeds this one in my opinion.
    max shean