Category: sixties

Take a trip to 1964.

Spend a holiday in space with wonderful Ed Emshwiller cover art for Christmas issues of Galaxy magazine, 1951 to 1960. Please note that Santa Claus appears in each one, always with four arms.

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Just another day at the offices of General Dynamics, October 6, 1964.

(San Diego Air & Space Museums)

August 24, 1965 – Looking north from Algeria across the Mediterranean to the Balearic Islands and Spain, as seen from NASA’s Gemini 5 spacecraft.


Boys play Tic Tac Toe against telephone relays at the California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angles, 1964. “The best you can do is tie.”

(Los Angeles Public Library)

March 6, 1969 – Astronaut Dave Scott emerges from the command module during the Apollo 9 orbital odyssey, a prelude to lunar missions just a few months later.

Happy Birthday to cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, born on this day in 1927. On June 16, 1963, she became the first woman in space when she soared to the heavens on the Vostok 6 mission and orbited the Earth 48 times. Fun fact: In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was inducted into the Soviet Air Force, but since the distinction was only honorary, she was the first civilian to fly in space. Two records, one trip.

Bonus fun fact: At the age of 77, Tereshkova said that she was ready to come out of retirement to go on a one-way trip to Mars, her favorite planet.

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

On February 20, 1962, aboard the Friendship 7, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, circling the globe three times in four hours, 55 minutes.

1960s concept art from the Apollo program. (SDASM)