The Skylab space station in orbit, 1974.
© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society
This spectacular view of Skylab, clearly showing the sun shield, was taken by the crew of Skylab 4, the last manned mision to the space station, as they returned home. Skylab 4 Astronauts Gerald Carr, Edward Gibson and William Pogue lived aboard Skylab from 16th November 1973 to 8th February 1974 setting what was then a world spaceflight endurance record of 84 days. Skylab was intended to have two solar panels to supply electrical power to the station, but when the station arrived in orbit in 1973, one was found to be mising, while the other had not deployed. The first crew to visit the station made a spacewalk and were able to deploy the panel, restoring power to Skylab. The absence of the mising panel can clearly be seen in this picture.