When the US space station, Skylab, crashed to the ground off the coastal town Esperance in 1979 the Esperance council sent NASA $400 fine for littering space junk, which was reportedly never paid. (Getty Images)
It also gave me a great human story from an Australian family's perspective.
Based on Skylab's re-entry and space junk landing: Starstruck by Ryn Shell
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So much of what's been reported about the safe landing of space junk has been false. The space programs were put on hold for more reasons than reported. Much of the Gold Coast and parts of Queensland came close to being contaminated with plutonium from an errant space vehicle. Read Ryn Shell's Starstruck to discover more. It's not science fiction, although the Space Race and SkyLab's descent features in the novel there is more truth in Starstruck than in NASA's version that Space Junk has never done any substantial damage. All is in the interpretation of what amounts to 'substantial.'
Humans have been killed by space junk. I've added a few historical statistics at the end of the StarStruck novel for those wanting to know of recorded damage from space junk. It is far from complete.
I'd suggest reading some reviews before buying this book, At its core is a love story, and a story of inland Australia, and not the space race. I'd not want you choosing a book I've written for the wrong reasons.
The book Is a family love saga and story told over a twenty year period. Don't read it unless you are prepared to suspend belief in the US, NASA's official version of events that no serious damage has ever occurred from space junk—now that's an alternate truth from before the present administration's time.
I loved writing this starstruck. My husband contributed love letters from the 1960s and knowledge gained from supervising the construction of the Hamersley Iron pellet plant Dampier, on the Pilbara coast of Western Australia, to give realism to Linton's story in chapter two of Starstruck. I absorbed that work into the main novel. - Cheers, Ryn Shell.