Skylab plunged to earth off the coast of Australia on Wednesday (11 July), raining down fiery debris close to some major towns.
Night scene aerial view Perth Australia
GV Skylab parts re-entering atmosphere
CU Monitoring centre print-outs and telex tapes (2 SHOTS)
SCU Officials taking reports of Skylab sightings (4 SHOTS)
CU Mr. Les Butler speaking for State Emergency Services to reporter.
SV Mr Butler on phone and others taking calls
GV Skylab debris
GV AND SV Houston U.S.A. tracking station monitoring screen (2 SHOTS)
SV Skylab cake
SV NASA spokesman Richard Smith briefing newsmen
REPORTER: "What's the full information?
BUTLER: "Well, Esperance have just called in. At 34, that's 34 minutes past the hour, they reported about 150 different tracks of particles and pieces they could see going across the top of Esperance. No reports of any damage. They'll come back to us if they get any."
SMITH: "We've had no reports of any type of any damage, concern, anything of that nature. We've had no contacts at this time from the Australian government through state channels. We believe that at this time that all the debris of Skylab is down."
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Background: 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.