Port celebrates its piece of space history
Port celebrates its piece of space history

Interest in the Skylab space station remains strong with visitors to the Esperance Museum even though the historic event, which captured the attention of the world, occurred 33 years ago today.

Museum curator Wendy Plunkett, who remembers hearing the sonic booms as it thundered to earth near the town on July 12, 1979, said people of all ages were still interested in seeing the exhibit.

“People come in all the time asking to see the Skylab exhibit,” Ms Plunkett said.

“It’s a very popular exhibit here. There will only ever be one first manned space station to crash to earth and this is it.”

The space station was launched by NASA in 1973 and was manned by teams of astronauts who collected vast amounts of data and images before it was abandoned in 1974 and started to break up five years later.

It crashed in the early hours of July 12, 1979, scattering debris across the Nullarbor and the Eastern Goldfields, causing a worldwide sensation.

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