Category: space

A tele-operated robot on Io, moon of Jupiter. Art by David Egge, printed in Future Life, August 1981.

Astronautics experiments at General Dynamics, 1965-1968.

November 19, 1969 – Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean climbs down from the lunar lander to the surface of the Moon. Photos by Pete Conrad.

(NASA)

From Eagle Annual Number 8: “The first Moon rocket, cradled between two giant boosters, is prepared for launching. Unmanned, it may carry an atomic warhead.”

From The Boys’ Book of Science and Invention, 1957.

(Dreams of Space)

“Titan” by Daniel Zeller, 2006, ink on paper. 

(Smithsonian Air & Space)

“During the actual process of flying spacecraft, or flying the Spirit of St. Louis, one doesn’t think of one’s self as being a hero or historical figure. One does it because the challenge is there, and one feels reasonably qualified to accomplish it. And it’s later on, I suppose, perhaps at the suggestion of other people, that you say, ‘Well, yes, maybe.’”

—Alan Shepard, first American in space, oldest man to walk on the Moon, born today in 1923

Astronaut Ed White walks in space, June 3, 1965.

(ASU/NASA)

Promo poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey, with classic artwork by Robert McCall, printed in Italy, 1968.

November 17, 1970: The Soviet Union lands Lunokhod 1 on the Moon. It’s the first robotic rover to explore another world. Art by Andrei Sokolov.