Today in 1979 - Skylab crashes to Earth...ELO sings 'Don't Bring Me Down'

July 11, 2016

Today in 1979…

The space station Skylab

crashes to Earth after 6 years in space…

Leading up to the event…

Electric Light Orchestra take out ads in trade magazines dedicating their new single…

'Don't Bring Me Down' to Skylab…!

Skylab

was made to go up but not to come back down…

The space station known as Skylab

was designed as an orbiting workshop for research on scientific matters

such as the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body…

The Skylab project

represented the next step toward wider space exploration…

NASA

threw itself into successfully putting Skylab in orbit…

On July 11, 1979…the world watched...

as Skylab…America’s first manned space station…hurtled toward Earth…

Reactions on the ground ranged from fear to celebration to commercial opportunism…

The massive orbiter neared re-entry and broke up in the atmosphere...

showering burning debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia…

No one was injured…!

 

 

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