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Skylab crashes to Earth 40yrs ago today. NASA still owes Australia $400 for littering fine.

  1. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 12, 2019

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  2. ahsposo

    ahsposo Most fun screen name at ΩF Jul 12, 2019

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    What a sense of humor! I feel such a fool! I looked on my map for an hour almost and never found it. What a kidder!
     
  3. americanaut

    americanaut Jul 12, 2019

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    Interesting read, thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Jul 12, 2019

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    I remember news stories about people buying special life insurance just in case the debris landed on them...
     
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  5. nzshadow

    nzshadow Jul 13, 2019

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    I was a six-year old living in Christchurch, NZ. I can still remember staying up and watching the News on TV for the weeks leading up to its eventual crash landing. No one knew where it would land, it could have hit NZ, I was convinced it was going to crash through our corrugated iron roof & land on top of me in bed. Splat.

    I was terrified of Skylab. And then it landed in Esperance. Boy was I one relieved kid. I went back to important things like listening to Spike Milligan's Bad Jelly The Witch on the radio & playing marbles.
     
  6. JohnnyRocket

    JohnnyRocket Jul 13, 2019

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    Good Luck Collecting That from the Trump Administration. ($400.)
     
  7. Walrus

    Walrus Jul 13, 2019

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    So you go right to trump and forget about all the administrations before him....,nice
     
  8. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 13, 2019

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    I done a pretty cool assignment in primary school. It was a big news item for weeks in Australia before and after in the day.

    Actually if it landed in the NT next week I would have to inspect it. ;)
     
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  9. Pvt-Public

    Pvt-Public Jul 13, 2019

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    Collect is the operative work. Can’t collect from administrations that do not exist anymore. You have to go to the present one.
     
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  10. elmar2001

    elmar2001 Jul 13, 2019

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    400$ - that is a fine that the NASA can not pay without risking the next moon landing.

    Thx for sharing.
     
  11. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Jul 13, 2019

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    With a 40 year old ticket unpaid, good luck trying to renew the registration and license plates on Skylab.
     
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  12. Matty01

    Matty01 Port Adelaide's No.1 Fan Jul 13, 2019

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    With inflation that might buy you quite a cache of Shinolas ... if we spin it as an opportunity for Trump to prosthelytize brand America we might manage to get one Shinola per Oz based Omega forum member...
     
  13. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Jul 13, 2019

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    Australia owes us for Crocodile Dundee so I'd say we're even.
     
  14. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jul 13, 2019

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    You left the Cinema happy, you know it.

    You know he would be the Governor of Texas in a heartbeat.
     
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  15. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! Jul 13, 2019

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    Ha. I think you underestimate us.
     
  16. blubarb

    blubarb Jul 13, 2019

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    Lynda Horn said:
    "Skylab did put Esperance on the map"

    Nearly took it off the map as I remember it.

    Manna from heaven - every digger and his dog was out looking for pieces of SkyLab to sell back to NASA or get on the front page of the Western Australian Sunday Times

    As for the fine, that plus interest thank you. :D
     
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  17. blubarb

    blubarb Jul 13, 2019

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    The Morris Minor looks like it came down behind Skylab.
    Screen Shot 2019-07-13 at 9.59.41 PM.jpg Screen Shot 2019-07-13 at 9.59.59 PM.jpg Screen Shot 2019-07-13 at 10.00.29 PM.jpg
     
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  18. queriver

    queriver Jul 13, 2019

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    Forget about Crocodile Dundee. You didn't pay your fine so in 1983 we went and stole a cup that sat in the New York Yacht Club for 132 years and off to Western Australia it went.
     
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  19. blubarb

    blubarb Jul 13, 2019

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    And if I recall, my boss was a bum because he didn't give me the day off.

    Screen Shot 2019-07-14 at 7.04.42 AM.jpg

    *for those that don't know, the guy on the right in the clown jacket is Bob Hawke the Aussie PM at the time and he famously stated after the Bond win of the Cup "that any boss who doesn't give their workers a day off today is a bum" - so workers just took the day off because Bob said it was ok.

    She'll be right mate...
     
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  20. larryganz

    larryganz The cable guy Jul 13, 2019

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    Everybody knows that Kangaroo Jack was a much more important cinematic breakthrough.
     
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