Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:52:16 GMT
The former Director of Marshall Space Flight Center was back in Huntsville Wednesday to take a look at a piece of hardware that could play an important role in the future of space exploration. Robert LightfootMore >>
The former director of Marshall Center stopped by to check on the progress made in an important project.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
The first astronauts to work and live in space 40 years ago will visit Huntsville on Thursday for Skylab's 40th anniversary.
Skylab launched its first mission in 1973 and was the first space station for the U.S.
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center completed much of the work involved in Skylab.
The space station orbited Earth for six years and traveled more than 890 million miles, according to officials at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
All eight surviving astronauts who worked in Skylab will unveil the mission's training module at the Space and Rocket Center 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
That module has been refurbished and will now reside at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.