Thanks to the drama of the American military recently shooting down a spy satellite to keep it from landing on an unsuspecting town somewhere, the Skylab “incident” of decades ago has been in the minds of some West Australians.
Pieces of Skylab, and the equipment sent here by NASA in America to track the re-entry, can still be found in little, out-of-the-way hidey-holes… as evidenced by our contributor TimH and others!
West Australian Skylab Trivia: At least two dozen pieces of Skylab, including an oxygen tank the size of a Volkswagon, fell on the Shire of Esperance, which issued the Americans a $400 ticket for littering, a fine which remains unpaid to this day. In addition, Australia hosted the Miss Universe pageant for the first time in 1979 just a few days after Skylab fell, and since it was being held in Perth, they decided to display a large chunk of Skylab on the stage along with the girls.
UPDATE: Sometimes it takes a little while for the slideshow to run all the way through properly. Be patient when you first click it, and I’ll try to fix.
UPDATE #2: Pieces of Skylab, colour slide show