The Skylab 4 Mutiny: A Strike In Outer Space

The Skylab 4 Mutiny: A Strike In Outer Space

The Skylab 4 crew was assigned more than 6,000 hours of work over an 84-day mission on the space station in 1973. The trio soon found that this was an unmanageable workload, and fell behind on their tasks. Mission Control admonished them, and in response, the crew staged a mutiny: they shut off the communications radio for a full day, which they allegedly spent relaxing and observing the Earth.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Planned to last 84 days, Skylab 4 was the longest Skylab mission and NASA's longest mission to date. (0:19)

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    Mission Control pushed the Skylab 4 team to work through meal times in order to stay on schedule. (0:51)

  • 3

    After their mutiny, none of the astronauts who were on the Skylab 4 mission ever went back to space. (1:59)

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