Uncommon Douglas Manned Orbiting Laboratory Contractor's model, manufactured by the Walter J. Hyatt company. The two-piece MOL, approximately 9.25″ tall and 12.75″ across, is removable from the base, made of composite material, and the 4 x 6.25 black base features an engraved nameplate. Douglas and USAF decals are affixed to opposing sides of the MOL. In fine condition, with light marks and scuffing to MOL, and some surface marks to nameplate. Part of the United States Air Force's manned spaceflight program, the MOL was developed from early concepts of manned space stations to be used for NASA survey purposes, but was ultimately canceled during the height of the Apollo program in 1969, when more cost-effective unmanned reconnaissance satellites were found to achieve similar results. NASA’s space station program went ahead full-blast in the mid–1970s with the advent of Skylab.
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