DescriptionSkylab: Rare NASA 1:48 Contractor's Model. An incredibly detailed, large scale model of Skylab with the Command/Service Module on an 8" square wooden base featuring an aluminum "George C. Marshall Space Flight Center Graphic Engineering and Models Division" plate labeled "SKYLAB/ 1:48 Scale". The body diameter is 5.5" and the overall height is 31" with the C/SM attached; the overall width is approximately 23" with the solar panels attached. All parts are heavily labeled as to function and it uses cutaways to display the inside of the spacecraft with excellent detail, even down to having a 1.5" tall astronaut standing inside. Comes with a blue, well-used, custom-fitted, handled shipping case of 30" x 14" x 10". The label at top gives the shipping address of the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, apparently where it was last shipped for display. Generally very fine condition with two small pieces loose that could easily be re-glued. Rarely offered and perfect for display in even the most sophisticated collections.
Included with this lot is an 8" x 10" B&W photo of rocket expert Dr. Wernher von Braun posed directly next to a model identical to this one. Von Braun was instrumental in designing the Skylab project. The space station was launched May 14, 1973, and it was visited by three crews of three astronauts: SL-2 launched May 25, 1973, and the crew of Conrad, Weitz, and Kerwin spent twenty-eight days aboard; SL-3 launched July 28, 1973, and the crew of Bean, Lousma, and Garriott spent fifty-nine days aboard; SL-4 launched November 16, 1973, and the crew of Carr, Pogue, and Gibson spent an incredible eighty-four days aboard. Each successive mission set a new record for amount of time astronauts spent in space. Due to heavy sunspot activity in 1977, the Skylab station's parking orbit started deteriorating sooner than expected and it crashed back to earth on July 11, 1979, with the debris landing in Western Australia.
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