On July 11, 1979, the abandoned American space station Skylab returned to Earth in spectacular fashion, burned in the atmosphere, and debris leapt into the Indian Ocean and Western Australia.
The last group of astronauts left the space station in 1974. Over time, it began to deviate from orbit, gradually approaching Earth. In fact, Skylab returned to Earth earlier than NASA expected. This premature fall was attributed to a strong solar storm, because solar activity warmed the Earth’s atmosphere.
As debris from the Skylab burst into the atmosphere, residents and pilots in the area saw dozens of colored flares similar to fireworks.
Skylab’s Tomb – The Remains of Australia’s First US Space Station
Skylab – America’s First Space Station (Picture)
Skylab – How NASA’s First Space Station Worked (Infographic)
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