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1979年7月11日,太空实验室坠毁

更新时间:2017-7-11 10:11:59 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

“It was like a Roman candle,” one eyewitness said. “A shower of gold-colored sparks followed by a blue flame with flecks of green and red at its sides.”

“像罗马蜡烛一样,”一名目击者说。“蓝色、边上带有红绿小点的框架之后,紧接着就是一片金色火花。”

In 1979, people across the deserts of southwestern Australia emerged from their homes to “sonic booms” and the smell of “burned earth” as fiery debris from the 77-ton Skylab, the U.S.’s first space station, rained down. It was July 11 in the U.S., and the early hours of July 12 for the witnesses.

1979年,随着77吨重的太空实验室(Skylab)那仍在燃烧的碎片从空中落下,澳大利亚西南部沙漠的人们纷纷走出家门,见证“声震”和“焦土”的味道。太空实验室是美国首个空间站。那一天是美国的7月11日,对目击者来说则是7月12日凌晨。

Skylab was launched in 1973 to collect data, two years after the Soviets sent up the first space station, Salyut 1.

太空实验室是在1973年发射的,目的是为了收集数据。就在两年前,苏联人将他们的首个空间站礼炮1号(Salyut 1)送入了太空。

By 1979, Skylab’s orbit had decayed, and the world obsessed over its coming plunge. People threw parties, bought “crash helmets” and bet on where it would land.

到了1979年,太空实验室的轨道衰减,即将到来的殒落引发世人关注。人们开派对,购买防冲撞头盔,并打赌它会落在何处。

Although no deaths or injuries were reported after the crash, President Jimmy Carter still apologized to Australia.

尽管太空实验室撞毁后没有报告称有伤亡,吉米·卡特总统仍然向澳大利亚作出道歉。

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser responded: “While receiving Skylab is an honour we would have happily forgone, it is the end of a magnificent technological achievement by the United States, and the events of the past few days should not obscure this. If we find the pieces I shall happily trade them for additions to the beef quota.”

总理马尔科姆·弗雷泽(Malcolm Fraser)回应说:“尽管我们很乐意放弃收获天空实验室这一殊荣,但这也是美国一个重大科技成就的终结,过去几天发生的事情不应盖过这一点。如果我们找到残骸,我会很乐意用它们来换取额外的牛肉配额。”

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