Re: 1973: Skylab
I realize that this is super-late as an entry, but I really had a tough time getting it to look exactly the way I wanted. Plus I promised someone I'd give a stab at a Skylab design... hope you like it!
"Skylab was the first space station the United States launched into orbit, and the second space station ever visited by a human crew. The 100 ton space station was in Earth's orbit from 1973 to 1979, and it was visited by crews three times in 1973 and 1974. It included a laboratory for studying the effects of micro gravity and an Apollo Telescope Mount solar observatory."
On top of that, though, it was the beginning of my fascination with space and with space travel. We learned all about it in elementary school (the fall after it re-entered the atmosphere) and I was hooked... I begged my parents to take me to the planetarium to learn all about space travel. To this day I've got a special place in my heart for the space station that was launched the same year I was... 1973.