Category: rocket

A rocket lands on Mars, illustrated by Morris …

A rocket lands on Mars, illustrated by Morris Scott Dollens.

An Atlas II rocket and 2nd stage Centaur boost…

An Atlas II rocket and 2nd stage Centaur booster, illustrated by Robert Kemp for General Dynamics. (SDASM)

“It certainly strikes the beholder with astoni…

“It certainly strikes the beholder with astonishment, to perceive what vast difficulties can be overcome by the pigmy arms of little mortal man, aided by science and directed by superior skill.”

—Henry Tudor, 25 July 1831

A gorgeous view of Apollo 14 on the launch pad…

A gorgeous view of Apollo 14 on the launch pad before blasting off on its mission to the Moon, January 31, 1971. (NASA)

The launch of Apollo 15 on July 26, 1971.

The launch of Apollo 15 on July 26, 1971.

From the Valley Times in California, December …

From the Valley Times in California, December 1959: “Santa Claus has already arrived at home of Harry A. Lowry, 1464-B Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, but he didn’t use his sleigh to make annual trip this year, as above photo plainly shows. To make sure he won’t be late starting on Christmas Eve rounds, Santa stays straddled on rocket, awaiting wave-off from rocket-maker Lowry, standing at left. Lowry built 23-foot long rocket from cardboard tubing used in highway bridge construction. Project took him three weekends.”

(Los Angeles Public Library)

Apollo 8 blasts off from Cape Canaveral on Dec…

Apollo 8 blasts off from Cape Canaveral on December 21, 1968.

December 21, 1968 – It’s not everyday that an …

December 21, 1968 – It’s not everyday that an Apollo launch photo actually gets a shot of the Moon into the frame. Appropriate on a mythic level, if a bit “on the nose” as they like to say in certain circles. Anyway, this is Apollo 8 roaring toward space for its famous Christmas-time mission around the Moon and back.

(NASA)

December 21, 1968 – A powerful Saturn V …

December 21, 1968 – A powerful Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo 8 mission from Cape Kennedy, Florida, at 7:50 a.m. EST. Two hours 50 minutes later, the crew performed a translunar injection, and astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were off on a Christmas-time voyage to the Moon. Fun fact: The Saturn V rocket stood at 363 feet (110.6 m). That’s over 35 stories stall, about 2 times that of the space shuttle.

TODAY IN HISTORY: A gorgeous view of Apollo 8 …

TODAY IN HISTORY: A gorgeous view of Apollo 8 launching from Cape Canaveral on December 21, 1968. (NASA)