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“Searching for Skylab” | Annual Passholder Film Screening

Sep 01, 2019 05:30 PM Universe Theater

The “Searching for Skylab” Annual Passholder Screening has been canceled as we prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian and will not be rescheduled at this time.

On Sunday, September 1, annual passholders are invited to a captivating screening of the film “Searching for Skylab.” The screening will welcome special guest Ed Gibson, a Skylab astronaut, to introduce the film. Universe Theater will open at 5:20 PM for the event. The film is 97 minutes long.


Within minutes of its launch, the unmanned rocket carrying Skylab, the first American space station, came uncomfortably close of total catastrophe that arguably could have ended NASA’s entire space program. With an admirable display of ingenuity and in only 11 days, NASA’s workforce created and deployed the solution that became critical in saving the space station from certain disaster. Racing against time, astronauts performed the first major repair in space freeing the jammed solar panel. 45 years later, the story of this fine vehicle, Skylab, gets to be told to a new audience. Listen to the stories of true American heroes, learn what it took to make Skylab a resounding success and admire how their work influenced the advancing of human knowledge.

*Film description provided by 1080 Virtual Media Consulting, Ltd.



Ed Gibson may have had just one trip to space, but his 84-day journey aboard Skylab was record-breaking. The three-person crew launched into space for their Skylab 4 mission in 1973. By the time they landed, they had completed four spacewalks, three of which included Gibson. That Skylab mission also broke the world record for longest flight in space, an American record that lasted for the next 21 years. Gibson was later inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®.


Please note: No additional ticket is required to attend the event, but be sure to RSVP below to secure your seat. Reservations are available on a first come, first served basis. Remember to bring your current annual pass to gain admission to the visitor complex and the screening. You will also need to bring a copy of your reservation confirmation, either printed or on mobile, to attend the screening.

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