>NASA, of course, planned to save Skylab by using one of the early Shuttle
>flights to boost it into a higher orbit, but the shuttle was delayed by
>years and unexpectedly high drag brought Skylab down a few years early.
Mark, as I seem to recall, they cut corners on Skylab as actually orbited so that it *couldn't* be reprovisioned _or_ boosted (without serious space-jack work: welding, cutting and the like)--one more win for the stunts-R-us contingent. Have you got a pointer for that "plan"?