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11/07/1979 Skylab tumbles back to Earth

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Falling Back to Earth | HD Footage From Space

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Here's How NASA Didn't Save Skylab

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The Skylab Legacy -- Long Duration Space Flight

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Skylab is falling! Skylab is falling!

Skylab's demise in 1979 was an international media event, with T-shirts and hats with bullseyes and "Skylab Repellent" with a money-back guarantee, wagering on the time and place of re-entry, and nightly news reports. NASA calculated that the odds were 1 to 152 of debris hitting any human.
    • Essentials 

    • Overview 

    • Background 

    • Development 

    • Operational history 

    • Experiments 

    • Film vaults and window radiation shield 

    • Gyroscopes 

    • Shower 

    • Cameras and film 

    • Computers 

    • Plans for re-use after the last mission 

    • After departure 

    • Rockets, rescue, and cancelled missions 

    • Engineering mock-ups 

    • Mission designations 

    • Depictions in film