EXPLORATION - What has gone before...
 SKYLAB and Space Station FREEDOM

Skylab was launched May 14, 1974 and deorbited July 11, 1979.  Detailed information can be found by clicking on the images.

All images on this page are  courtesy of NASA
Space Station FREEDOM (1980's)

Space Station FREEDOM was envisioned in the 1980's as a sole U.S.A. investment.  Freedom's duel keel design would have dwarfed the current International Space Station (ISS).  By the time Freedom was cancelled several modules were under construction (later retrofitted to ISS specifications) and Freedom had undergone massive downsizing. 

I worked on the Freedom's TMIS program (Boeing) until Congress terminated its funding.   This image is one of the few concept designs I had in my files (drawing credited to NASA).