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Skylab 3

Occurred 50 years ago

The second crew to inhabit Skylab, launched on July 28, 1973, spent a then record-breaking 59.5 days in space. The mission accomplished 150% of their mission goals while completing 858 revolutions of the Earth.

Mission Type

Space Station


Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott, Jack R. Lousma


July 28, 1973


September 25, 1973

Alan L. Bean

Mission Commander

Alan Bean was one of the third group of astronauts named by NASA in October 1963. He served as backup astronaut for the Gemini 10 and Apollo 9 missions before landing on the Moon with the Apollo 12 mission in 1969. Captain Bean has logged 1,671 hours and 45 minutes in space—of which 10 hours and 26 minutes were spent in EVAs on the Moon and in Earth orbit.

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Portrait of NASA astronaut Alan L. Bean
Portrait of NASA astronaut Alan L. Bean.