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Skylab 40th Anniversary Community Program

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

To recognise this anniversary, the Esperance Museum is hosting a program of activities in the lead up to the anniversary on 12 July for the community to get involved in.

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.

Here is how you can get involved with the 40th anniversary:

The Australian Premiere of the documentary film ‘Searching for Skylab’ will take place 6pm on 11 July, at the Esperance Civic Centre, as part of our Skylab 40th Anniversary Community Program.

This film is a treasure trove of as-yet-unseen archival footage of Skylab with commentary from its astronauts, workers, major players, and experts. Director Dwight Steven-Boniecki’s film also serves to demolish some commonly held myths about Skylab, which have persisted for 45-plus years.

This FREE event will include a Q&A with the Director and screening of the ‘Interview with an Astronaut Competition’. Tickets are Limited. One screening only.

Date:  Thursday 11 July 2019

Time:  6pm - doors will open at 5:30pm

Location:  Esperance Civic Centre


Night at the Museum - Skylab Styles Fashion Parade

Come and see the wonderful, out of this world, Skylab inspired fashion creations, while reminiscing the 1979 Skylab party.

Buckle in for a zipping good time, the fashion parade for out of this world Space Couture is about to hit the runway. Come along to this family friendly FREE event and have a night at the Museum. Wear your best 70’s outfit - there are best dressed and lucky door prizes up for grabs. Vote for your favourite entry in the Re’Space’cycle and  Skylab Styles competitions while you are at the Museum.

What better way to remember Skylab than with a party! Light supper provided. Tickets are limited. Doors open at 6pm with the fashion parade commencing at 6:30pm.

Get your tickets here:


Did you know that Skylab could be considered the largest single recycling project ever, as the station itself was made from leftover Saturn 5 and Apollo hardware components.

What’s out there? Think outside of this world, get creative and use recycled materials to create something unique. Be creative, be original and let your imagination run free.

Create a model, collage or poster about Skylab, or our Solar System, or space travel or what you think you might see in space! The potential is endless!

Prizes to be won!

You must self source your recycled materials. Your entry must be from 100% recycled materials.

Competition is open to all primary and secondary students in the Esperance region and closes at the end of June.

Download the entry form with all the details here.

The Esperance Museum is partnering with the Shire of Esperance Waste and Recycling department for this competition. If you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact Georgia Ryan on 9071 0610.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Skylab falling back to Earth. 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.


Check out the full community program for this July


Thes 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


Watch this space for more to come......