A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 16, 1979

This month will mark the unscheduled arrival of Skylab on earth, as well as the tenth anniversary of mankind's arrival on the moon. These twin aerospace milestones are the subject of this week's cover story, which also looks toward the uncertain but potentially dazzling future of the U.S. space program. To see further ahead, TIME commissioned Science Author and Visionary Arthur C. Clarke to supplement the story with his view of man's long-term prospects in space.

TIME'S own aeronautics expert, Washington Correspondent Jerry Hannifin, contributed voluminously to this week's Skylab story, which was written...

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