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Tykeanaut
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posted 05-10-2013 04:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know why the command modules were uniquely white-coated for the Skylab missions?

Jim Behling
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posted 05-10-2013 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For thermal reasons. Due to docking to Skylab, one side would always face the sun unlike lunar missions where the vehicle was rolled for thermal conditioning.

Steven Kaplan
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posted 05-10-2013 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the unique exterior appearance was dictated by the CM being at least partially in shade for extensive periods of time while docked to the orbital workshop.

sts205cdr
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posted 05-10-2013 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I recall correctly, only one side of the Skylab CMs were white.

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