I mentioned in an earlier post that a mockup of Skylab had been refurbished in time for a 40th anniversary celebration at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
It’s appropriately next to the third stage of the Saturn V in the Davidson Center, since Skylab was a modified third stage.
The mockup had been used for astronaut training and was part of the bus tour starting in 1974. It was in the museum when I first visited in 1985. I don’t remember when it was moved outside, but it was left in the elements for years. The local AIAA chapter spent many volunteer hours trying to save it. I’m glad to see it back inside, though I hope they add some details to the current display.
One difference between then and now is the lack of labeling.
That’s the shower stall lying on the floor. My feeling is that it’s probably too cracked or damaged to be displayed like it was before. To the left is the bicycle ergometer.
Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the astronaut “running” in circles on Skylab on that ring of white cushions. (good video even if it is posted by a loon that thinks this disproves the moon landing.)
I’m happy to see this back in the museum, and I hope they can add some labels and a little more interpretation of what we did back then and why.