Friday, May 17, 2013
Yet another nice Russian book. This everything included approach suggests it might have been for young adults/popular consumption.
Vasiliev, M. The milestones of the space epoch. Moscow: Mashinostroenie. 1967. (226 p.) 17.5 cm x 22.3 cm.
The colored plates in this book make it very attractive. The text and most of the illustrations focus on the history of Russian space exploration. The plates however convey the romantic visions of places people had yet to go.
While the Russians never made it to the Moon, this vision of an astronaut seeing where the first unmanned probes had landed is a powerful thought. The Apollo 12 mission got to enact this painting with their retreval of the Surveyor 3 Surface sampler scoop.
The Russians seem to love paintings of Saturn in their space art. This painting of a colony on one of Saturn's moons is very striking.
Viewing the earth from space was already happening when this book was published but the "airiness" of the space station structure gives a different emotion to seeing the home planet.
A fully developed moonbase has been a long-time dream. In this one we observe mining the Moon for resources.
Finally an illustration of a solar sailor, using sunlight to propel a probe.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Just a very quick fun cover. Not a lot to say about this one. It was a coloring book published in Mexico. It was about man's pursuit of flight and his eventual use of rockets. Mostly I just like the cover. Happy Monday!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Sometimes work gets in the way of blogging but I am back with lots of cool stuff.
I never thought of 2001 as a children's film, but it did make an impression on me when I saw it as a child. While incomprehensible in some ways (especially the ending) it did show a grand scheme for my future in space.
Howard Johnsons was actually aboard the 2001 space station in a brief product placement. They also issued a children's menu which highlighted the movie (and their placement) but gave the story of the movie in a slightly different way than I remember.
However the comic itself reproduces some great visuals from the movie. Cue the music....
I love the final stereotyping where the boy wants to be a space pilot and the girl a space stewardess!
And just for fun, here is your activity page:
5-16-13 By popular demand here is the whole activity page and the menu.
Also someone commented on the cover's resemblance to Jack Kirby's cover of Race for The Moon (1958). I happen to have a good copy of the original art of that cover. What do you think?
Monday, April 1, 2013
One of the most famous junior testing astronauts was a 14 year old boy named Kevin Kelly. He and groups of dedicated youth tested the limits of survival in a space capsule and led the way to our landing on the Moon. This October 30, 1968 story in Current Science the outlines these heroic efforts. Unfortunately this coverage was limited to a newpaper distributed in classrooms so few recognize this hero today.
Kevin spent a grueling 336 hours in a test capsule in order to prove that the human body was capable of a flight to the Moon. By locating the expensive test apparatus in the basement of a suburban house they were able to avoid harmful media exposure during the testing.
Furthermore these brave young men built their own test apparatus and capsule from scratch in order to spare the Apollo funding program from further overspending.
Friday, March 22, 2013
This is another of those school texts, in this case for Air Cadets. It is Book 9 of the Air Cadet Training Handbook series (1968). The Air Cadet are currently under the Royal Air Force http://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/
This programs allows youth to train and learn about airplanes and aviation. It is the RAF's cadet force similar to the role ROTC plays in American Schools.
This training book oriented youth (between 13-20) to the changing world of space. It had a futuristic tone since beyond talking about the basics of space travel it speculates on the future of space, both propulsion methods and ways to live in space.
The book is a little dull in terms of illustrations but the following propulsion diagrams were interesting considering the intended audience.
Here we have the Solid Core Nuclear Fission Rocket, the Ion Rocket and the Liquid Hydrogen Solar Rocket.
This series of paintings of the deployment of the Explorer 12 satellite is interesting too. .
Finally (outdated at the time) the model of the "Goodyear Space Station"