Category: engineering

Apollo-era “Manned Flight Awareness” poster promoting quality work from aerospace contractors working on the Apollo 17 mission.

Apollo 11, by the numbers. From Apollo Initial Lunar Landing Mission, published by @generalelectric, 1969.

Engineers monitor the Apollo mission simulator at Cape Canaveral. Illustrated by Chrystal Jackson for the NASA Art Program.

April 17, 2000 – Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral, the 82-foot-figh Space Shuttle Atlantis is lifted up to be mated with its external tank and solid rocket boosters.

(NASA Kennedy Space Center)

Woman driving an experimental Dynasphere in England, 1931.

“Space shuttle size comparison.”


The reusable first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully lands on a drone ship, March 30, 2017.


March 2, 1963: Model of an Apollo Saturn 1B rocket in the NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

November 17, 1961 – Inside a General Dynamics plant in San Diego where gloriously shiny Atlas rockets were made.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

“World’s Most Powerful Computer”: A 1986 video from NASA Ames touts the power of a Cray-2 supercomputer in designing vehicles for space. It could perform 250 million calculations per second.