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Skylab 50th Anniversary Evening Celebration

Friday, May 19, 2023
7:00 pm
–9:30 pm
*Requires Registration

Join us for an elevated evening at Space Center Houston as we mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Skylab.

Ticketed guests have exclusive, after-hours access to Space Center Houston beginning at 7 p.m., with a special cocktail hour in the Skylab trainer exhibit. The reception will include passed hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine with liquor available to purchase, live music and the unboxing of Skylab artifacts.

At 8:15 p.m., the presentation “Skylab to Gateway: The Legends and Leaders in Space Exploration” begins with Vanessa Wyche, Director of NASA Johnson Space Center, as moderator. Current NASA astronaut Mike Barratt, Skylab astronaut Captain Joe Kerwin and Holly Ridings, NASA Gateway Deputy Program Manager. This presentation is a part of our Thought Leader Series presented by UTMB Health.

Interested in more opportunities to commemorate Skylab? Enjoy themed activities during the day at Space Center Houston, included with general admission for May 19.


  • Guests: $75
  • Members: $65 | Interested in receiving free or discounted tickets to special events like this? Become a member now to enjoy 12 full months free general admission, free parking and more.

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About Skylab

In 1973, the Skylab was launched atop a Saturn V rocket and served as a precursor for the experiments astronauts perform in space today aboard the International Space Station. Remembered for taking research to new heights and paving the way for future exploration into the solar system, Skylab hosted experiments with results that proved humans could adapt to microgravity and function effectively in that environment for months at a time. Special toilets, sleeping bags, exercise equipment and kitchen facilities were all designed to function in microgravity based on what we learned from Skylab.

“When we started the Skylab Program we had to make a lot of guesses about the best way to operate in space. Everything from how to plan the day, to how to have the crew exercise, to how to operate instruments on a human-occupied spacecraft. We owe so much to the pioneering crews, the operations teams on the ground and the scientists that paved the way. Skylab helped us define the problems for long-duration spaceflight, and now the International Space Station is solving them one by one.”

Julie Robinson, Ph.D., International Space Station Program Scientist

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