manned orbiting laboratory


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manned orbiting laboratory

[′mand ′ȯr·bəd·iŋ ′lab·rə‚tȯr·ē]
(aerospace engineering)
An earth-orbiting satellite which contains instrumentation and personnel for continuous measurement and surveillance of the earth, its atmosphere, and space. Abbreviated MOL.
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Details surrounding the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) and its 71-inch optical camera have been declassified since 2015, though the crews and space hardware had been publicized decades before.
From partnerships that brought the first space shuttle into being and crafted the first manned orbiting laboratory to the idea of inflatable habitats in orbit around Earth and the moon, the U.S.
In 1966, Fullerton was selected for and served as a flight crew member for the Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program until its termination in 1969.

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