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posted 07-09-2015 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just wondering why NASA commissioned two different complete Skylab histories just six years apart?


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posted 07-10-2015 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the first one (SP-400) is more of a 'coffee table' type book with a lot of color photos and general information covering all three manned missions (similar to those glossy booklets NASA put out after each Apollo mission), while the second delves into the complete technical (and political) history back when it was known as Apollo Applications thru its reentry from orbit.

At almost twice the chapters of the other book, SP-4208 also has appendices and source notes so you can consider it more 'scholarly.' There was also the publication 'Skylab: A Chronology' (SP-4011, 1977) and also ones covering Earth photography and solar observations.

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