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Skylab 40th Anniversary

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This year marks the 40th year of Skylab’s descent back to Earth and its impact on the Esperance region.

Skylab was America’s first space station and the world’s first big space station. It was orbiting unmanned for just over five years before it returned to Earth breaking up and scattering debris across the Esperance region in 1979. Skylab crashing back to Earth is one of our most memorable events for our community that has a significant international connection.



Some say that it sounded like a sonic boom and others say it looked like fireworks. Skylab crashing back to Earth is one of our most memorable events for our community that has a significant international connection.

Community Radio Station 103.9 HopeFM is partnering with Esperance Museum to help capture stories from our community about Skylab.

Book in to tell us your story today:

• Call Meredith Waters on 0481 053 328 from 103.9 HopeFM and book in a time to have a conversation.

• Bookings can be made for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Please note: all conversations will be recorded for the Museum Archives and participants will be asked to sign an agreement form for copyright.



The Esperance Museum would like to thank the following sponsors and partners:

  • Apex Club of Esperance
  • The Cannery Arts Centre
  • Esperance Library Friends
  • Esperance Bay Historical Society
  • 103.9 HopeFM Community Radio Station
  • Esperance Freight Lines
  • Esperance Retavision
  • International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research


Learn more about Skylab and have some fun with the activity sheets below:

Info Book

Activity - Create a Patch

Activity - Colour In

Activity - A-Mazing

Activity - Word Search