A space station in Parel, and cannons in orbit
America’s Skylab space station was badly damaged during its launch. Meanwhile the USSR launch several space stations, some of which worked better than others.
Here’s a page with a nice overview of the Skylab program.
Here’s a site about Russia’s first space stations.
Here’s a bit about the MOL program—space stations that never had anyone in them.
Here’s a bit about the only cannon ever fired in space, and how that test relates to international law.
Here’s another page about Skylab.
And here’s a site, with all the numbers, on how hot and cold a metal plate in low Earth orbit will get.