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Searching for Skylab
Directed byDwight Steven-Boniecki
Produced byAHAB Productions and 1080 Virtual Media Consulting
Narrated byLucas R. Lillpee
Release date
  • March 2019 (2019-03)
Running time
136 minutes

Searching for Skylab - America's Forgotten Triumph is a 2019 documentary about the 1970s American space station Skylab. It was written by Carl Alessi and directed by Dwight Steven-Boniecki and partly crowdfunded.[1][2]

Searching for Skylab was created to bring attention to the important role Skylab played in the development of human spaceflight programs. On Skylab, Steven-Boniecki said "hundreds of hours of video and audio recordings exist from it, yet it is unlikely that you've seen or heard much of it."[3] The creators hoped to release the film in time for the 45th anniversary of the initial launch of Skylab, but lacked sufficient funds to complete it before May 2018. A Kickstarter campaign was used to raise an additional $20,000 dollars to complete the project.[3]

A preview of Searching for Skylab was screened at the Swiss Space Museum in November 2018.[4] The film premiered at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on February 8, 2019, with Skylab astronauts Jack Lousma (Skylab 3) and Ed Gibson (Skylab 4) in attendance.[5] The movie was released online in March 2019 and is available on video on demand.[6]

Searching for Skylab has been praised by writers for various spaceflight enthusiast communities. Emily Carney, a writer for the National Space Society, wrote that the film was a "treasure trove of as-yet-unseen archival footage" and that the film helped dispel long held myths about the Skylab space station.[7] A writer for Spaceflight Insider also praised the film saying "If you never flew into space yourself and you’d like to experience what it takes to be an astronaut, you ought to find out watching the film. It’s absolutely thrilling".[8]

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  1. "Searching for Skylab". Spacefest. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. Speed, Richard (29 Mar 2019). "Searching for Skylab: Even the most casual astro-nerd will revel in this respectful elegy to unsung space history". The Register. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pearlman, Robert Z. "'Searching for Skylab' Film Seeks to Return First US Space Station to Public View". Space.com. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  4. Schwarz, Guido (5 November 2018). "Swiss preview of the documentary "Searching for Skylab"". Swiss Space Museum. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  5. Roop, Lee (2019-02-07). "Astronauts will attend 'Searching for Skylab' documentary premiere". Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  6. VMC, 1080 (February 28, 2019). "Watch Searching For Skylab, America's Forgotten Triumph Online - Vimeo On Demand". Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via Vimeo.
  7. Carney, Emily. "A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know About Skylab, Covered in "Searching For Skylab"|National Space Society". Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  8. "Remembering the U.S.' first space station: Searching for Skylab". SpaceFlight Insider. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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