Category: 1950s

Cairo, Egypt, 1959. Photo by Eliot Elisofon. (…

Cairo, Egypt, 1959. Photo by Eliot Elisofon. (Smithsonian)

Promo still for Ishiro Honda’s The Mysterians,…

Promo still for Ishiro Honda’s The Mysterians, 1957. Illustration by Lt. Col. Robert R. Rigg.

Test pilot Scott Crossfield during a study of …

Test pilot Scott Crossfield during a study of the XMC-2 pressure suit, 1955.

Earth and Moon, imagined in 1957 space art by …

Earth and Moon, imagined in 1957 space art by David A. Hardy.

A 1971 postcard, illustrated by Valentin Vikto…

A 1971 postcard, illustrated by Valentin Viktorov, pictures the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 satellite orbiting Earth on October 4, 1957.

Sputnik 1 in a trading card from Brooke Bond T…

Sputnik 1 in a trading card from Brooke Bond Tea, illustrated by David Lawson, UK. The real Sputnik launched into space on this day in 1957.

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TODAY IN HISTORY: The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1…

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, was launched into space on October 4, 1957.

Inside a space glider, pictured in 1958 Genera…

Inside a space glider, pictured in 1958 General Dynamics concept art by John Sentovic.

“Nuclear powered interplanetary towage s…

“Nuclear powered interplanetary towage space ship.” Concept art by John Sentovic for General Dynamics, 1958.

September 8, 1950 – Technician Durwood D…

September 8, 1950 – Technician Durwood Dereng prepares to pull the external-power plug from an E17 drag-research model at Wallops, Virginia. (NASA)