Pieces of Skylab

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.

Some background on the re-entry of Skylab can be found in Time Magazine and on the Wired and the Australian Broadcast Corporation websites.  Also see “Dangerous Re-entries of Spacecraft” on Space.com.

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!

** Click here to see some of our West Australian Skylab-related pictures. **


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

* and thank you, Ash, for getting the photos to me in the right format
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4 Responses to “Pieces of Skylab”

  1. TimH Says:

    A very well put together slideshow Spot,thankyou for putting the photo’s up, I love the 70’s feel to it.I feel humbled that I could contribute something to your post, and I very much appreciate the help of the ‘other’, she did a terrific job in adjusting the light in most of them, thanks ***.


  2. spot_the_dog Says:

    #1 Thanks for taking so many pics for us – much appreciated! I put in an update link to a slideshow of your original colour pics (plus a few extras) before I messed with them, too.

  3. Ash Says:

    Spot, that slideshow was great!

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    […] (there’s always a Perth connection, watch any Perth news broadcast, ask any0ne sheltering a piece of Skylab in their back shed, ask John Glenn!) , as one of Kev’s team members Dave (now in Texas)  […]

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