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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:32 am 
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Those of us of a certain age :whistling: may remember when Skylab (America's first space station) de-orbited; it apparently had some remaining battery and propellant, they nudged it into the ocean. Now a bus-sized climatology satellite is announced to fail next Saturday (Sep. 24), uncontrolled, it will impact (pretty much anywhere on Earth except the poles). They have identified 26 distinct components of sufficient density to survive re-entry, the largest expected to be about 350 Lbs on impact.
With my luck lately, it will probably land on my truck (flashes back to scene from "Men in Black"). *Cow watches*

Think I'll go out to the barn and rummage around for my old "Skylab Early Warning Helmet". (Yes, that was an actual thing.)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:59 am 
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When Skylab reentered the Earth's atmosphere on July 11, 1979, it broke into a myriad of pieces. One of the largest fragments was a 1770-kg lead-lined film vault, and it landed with an estimated speed of 120 m/s .

About 30 years ago, he had a T-shirt that read: "Almost hit by Skylab."

The 78-ton space station, launched by the United States, created a panic when it re-entered the atmosphere in 1979, and parts of the craft smashed into western Australian and the Pacific Ocean.

Skylab Crash Helmets with an image of Chicken Little were popular that year.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:48 am 
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The "Skylab Early Warning Helmet" featured a spike sticking out of the top. No protection from falling objects was implied, but the spike would provide .0002 seconds early warning of an impending impact. This desirable feature made it the protective headgear of choice......

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