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Old 01-04-2015, 02:38 AM   #11
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Default Sky is Falling


While sky never fell literally, but that is what people really thought was going to happen in Indian villages when it was announced over radio and national televisions that Skylab was going to crash and India was directly in path of it re-entry on July 11, 1979.. Skylab was an American space station that was built and launched by NASA in 1973. In the panic that ensued, people abandoned their houses to move to destinations believed to be safer from the debris. How they calculated this however is unclear. There were mass prayers and pujas performed in Temples. People were preparing special delicacies for their last supper. In fact, a legislator from Bihar appealed to government to take off the ban on liquor, so that potential victims could enjoy their last drink. Prime Minister Morarji Desai asked U.S. Government to pay compensation for any Indian victims of Skylab debris. Insurances companies cashed in on the opportunity and profited heavily by selling risk policies. Hurtling towards earth Skylab finally crashed southeast of Perth in Australia and not a single human life was harmed. Many people in India believed it crashed in Arabian Sea and attributed this to the heavy rainfall during the same period of time, which isnít true.
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