Skylab The First 40 Days Introduced by Astronaut Pete Conrad On the unmanned launch of Skylab 1, mission-threatening problems arose. Scientists had determined excessive heating of the space station was due to the loss of a meteoroid shield and the low power supply was the result of ineffective solar panel deployment.
Unable to see exactly what had caused the faulty solar panel positioning, Astronauts had to go through meticulous deep water manoeuvres to practise the repairs that could be necessary. Before a single biomedical or scientific experiment would be undertaken, Skylab had to be fixed. As a result of careful planning and thorough training, the first 40 days of Skylab were a success.