March 27, 2013

Spacesuits and Moonships of Futures Past

One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes celebrates the fact that The third and fourth installments of the Colliers space symposium are online and have been for two months and two weeks respectively.

As mentioned here and here the Horizons newsletter of AIAA Houston is republishing high resolution annotated reproductions of the entire "Man Will Conquer Space Soon!" series published by Colliers in the 1950s. This series is a fascinating bit of history as it was extremely important in convincing people that Spaceflight was practical. They are also interesting in that they show step by step how major technical issues were dealt with in an age when most calculations were done with slide rules.

It's also rather sobering. Today, with technology nearly 60 years more advanced, and so much more power at our disposal,  our society rarely speaks of doing great things.


 




Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 08:48 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 "spacuits"?  Think you mean "spacesuits."

Posted by: JT at Thu Mar 28 14:37:37 2013 (iStSI)

2 No silly. Spacuits are those special irradiated vacuum biscuits that astronauts eat.
That is my story.
And I am sticking to it.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Mar 28 16:16:14 2013 (F7DdT)

3 That's a cute .gif, but it's 2.7 megabytes. Perhaps it would be better under the fold?

Posted by: Don at Thu Mar 28 16:57:09 2013 (NwobM)

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