Goodbye Apollo

Although Apollo 17 ended the lunar phase of the Apollo programme, America's investment in its hardware and infrastructure continued to pay back for three more years. A spare S-IVB stage became an orbital workshop called Skylab. This massive 77-tonne space station was launched by a Saturn V on 14 May 1973 and serviced by three crews riding modified Apollo CSMs launched by Saturn IBs. The crews stayed on board for 1, 2 and 3 months

The view of Earth as Apollo 17 came around the Moon.

respectively. The final Apollo flight was also to Earth orbit as part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, again using a Saturn IB, when an American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft met and docked in space as a political act of detente, thereby ending the 'space-race' amicably. The two remaining Saturn Vs were turned into lawn ornaments.

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