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Skylab returns.

After several failed attempts at trying to find a way to save it, the Skylab Space Station fell out of orbit on 11 July 1979 scattering a large amount of itself over Western Australia. Shortly after, a NASA team was despatched to Australia to recover what they could of the wreckage and establish the pattern Skylab followed on re-entry. Then Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, is seen greeting them!