Skylab plunged to earth off the coast of Australia on Wednesday (11 July), raining down fiery debris close to some major towns.
Skylab plunged to earth off the coast of Australia on Wednesday (11 July), raining down fiery debris close to some major towns. In the United States the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said the Skylab scraps were seen streaking through the Western Australian night with 20 to 50 pieces falling near the mining city of Kalgoorlie. There were no reports of injuries.
SYNOPSIS: Residents of Perth were among people in several Western Australian towns who reported seeing parts of the disintegrated Skylab spacecraft. In all about 1,000 pieces of the craft were sighted. This is what people saw-bright lights which suddenly broke up into a meteor-type shower. There were also reports of sonic booms which sounded like a thunderstorm.
The Western Australia Emergency Services were kept busy monitoring reports of sightings Spokesman Les Butler talked to reporters.
This emergency control room was just one of dozens set up in many parts of the world where there were anxieties about the possibility of damage or death under the shower of fiery fragments.
Almost to the last Skylab remained a puzzle to United States space scientists in Houston. But NASA spokesman Richard Smith finally announced that the craft had broken up safely.