Ground controllers adjusted Skylab’s orientation for ideal re-entry dynamics in the hours before reentry at approximately 16:37 UTC 11 July 1979. They aimed the station to a spot 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) south southeast of Cape Town, South Africa.
The station did not burn up as fast as NASA expected, however. Due to a 4% calculation error, debris landed southeast of Perth, Western Australia.
Debris was found between Esperance and Rawlinna, from 31° to 34°S and 122° to 126°E. The Shire of Esperance fined the United States $400 for littering, a fine which remained unpaid for 30 years.
This is apparently what Voyager 2 sounds like right now. It reminds me of Event Horizon. Yes, I’m enjoying the opportunity to fear for human civilisation before the data inevitably reveals that someone cocked up a firmware update or something equally disappointing. (via)