How and why did a space station cross over into the UP polling area?

 While officially joining the Samajwadi Party after resigning from the Uttar Pradesh administration and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Swami Prasad Maurya made a comment that was out of character even for the state that has seen it all. Yogi Adityanath, Maurya claimed, had been thrown into the Chief Minister's chair like "Skylab," and that backwards and Dalits had been neglected.

The International Space Station

Skylab, the United States' first space station, was launched by NASA on May 14, 1973, and was designed to monitor meteorology, solar activity, and materials processing, among other things. For more than a decade, beginning with its launch in 1962 and ending with the return of its third and last crew on February 8, 1974, the Skylab mission demonstrated that humans can live and operate in space for lengthy periods of time. The first crew spent 28 days in orbit, the second 59, and the third 84 days in orbit before returning to Earth. The record set by the last crew was not broken by an American astronaut until more than two decades after they had completed their mission.

The final crew undocked the station in February 1974 and used thrusters to propel it into a higher orbit, bringing the station to a close. The station was originally intended to remain in orbit for another 8 to 10 years, according to the original concept. NASA was taken by surprise when Skylab began de-orbiting far more quickly than they had planned. The primary reason for this was a warmer atmosphere in the mid-1970s, which was caused by coronal mass ejections, sometimes known as "small balls of fire," which were ejected by the Sun. This resulted in an increase in air drag on Skylab, which dragged it closer to the Earth.

A number of attempts to raise the orbit of the space station failed, and it became evident that the station would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere in 1979, four years sooner than originally planned. The projected splashdown in the less populous southern hemisphere sparked a worldwide frenzy, erupting in cities from Canberra, Australia, to Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India. According to NASA, Skylab was the biggest space object on the planet at the time, weighing 85 tonnes.

According to media accounts at the time, residents in the coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa (as it was then known) fled to "safer locations," with some opting to wear helmets as a result of the violence. "Reported panic among citizens dreading the fall of Skylab splinters" was even brought up in the Lok Sabha by a member of the opposition. The Union administration was questioned about whether or not it had taken necessary precautions to safeguard the public. In July 1979, when his administration was on the verge of collapsing, then-prime minister Morarji Desai assured reporters, "Even if the Skylab crashes here, I shall remain unaffected."

Skylab eventually caught fire as it descended at speeds faster than a bullet, primarily owing to friction with the surrounding atmosphere. The remainder of its wreckage washed ashore off the coast of south-western Australia. Callers to an ABC radio programme were perplexed when they reported seeing "a meteoric shower" that included a "sonic boom."

NASA was fined $400 by the local authorities for pollution in their area.

Rare creatures are killed by spacecraft.

As Sanat K Biswas, Assistant Professor and Head of the Space Systems Laboratory at the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi explains, "it is nearly impossible for a spacecraft to crash into a populated region since our deorbiting procedures have improved over the years." Biswas, who is working on building an algorithm to forecast collisions between satellites and space debris, estimates that the likelihood of space debris reaching a populated region is one in every 3,200 years.

What Maurya had to say

"The BJP created its state government (in 2017) with the help of Keshav Prasad Maurya (now UP deputy chief minister), Swami Prasad Maurya, and the backward community," Maurya said at the occasion when he joined the SP along with other BJP officials on January 14. There were discussions on whether Keshav Prasad or Swami Prasad Maurya would be the next chief minister. However, an attempt was made to drop a Skylab from Ghazipur at the beginning of the mission. However, it appears that Skylab had a good time before arriving here. In order to deceive the backward classes, another Skylab was selected from Gorakhpur and installed in the Chief Minister's position."

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