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From the National Archives of Australia: “In July 1979 the US Skylab space station, in a poor state of repair and with its orbit decaying, spiralled back to earth and crashed into the Indian Ocean off Western Australia. Several fragments from the wreck fell in the Western Australian outback, and became popular finds. This image shows a piece of the debris on display at the 1979 Miss Universe contest held in Perth.”

From the National Archives of Australia: “In July 1979 the US Skylab space station, in a poor state of repair and with its orbit decaying, spiralled back to earth and crashed into the Indian Ocean off Western Australia. Several fragments from the wreck fell in the Western Australian outback, and became popular finds. This image shows a piece of the debris on display at the 1979 Miss Universe contest held in Perth.”