Friday, August 14, 2020

Inside Information on Space Travel (1970)




Leslie Ashwell Wood illustrated a number of children's magazines including Eagle in the 1950s and 1960s. His specialty was cross-sections of structures and vehicles.

Wood, Leslie Ashwell. Illustrated by Wood, Leslie Ashwell. Inside Information on Space Travel. London: Benwig Books Ltd. (23 p.) 1970.














Friday, August 7, 2020

Space Stations (1962)




August is Space Station month! Here is the start of a set of books imagining what a world of space stations might be like. I will try to share some of my favorite books illustrating how we thought a space station would fit into our space future.


Bergaust, Erik. Space Stations. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons. (48 p.) 1962.




















Monday, July 27, 2020

There's Adventure in Astronautics (1961)




A colorful book (black AND blue!) to finish out July.  This book is a mix of a fictional story of boys studying space flight and various informative panels with space facts.

May, Julian. Illustrated by Potts, Richard. There’s Adventure in Astronautics. New York: Hawthorn Books. (160 p.) 1961.




 Detailed descriptions of different types of space propulsion




 Again I love the Dynasoar space vehicle.

 The boys in their "space laboratory" project.
 An outline of some of the future promises of space.



Monday, July 20, 2020

Man on the Moon : Our Future in Space (1961)



Happy Moon Landing day! We landed on the Moon 51 years ago today. From 1961 that event seemed far away and what the ships we would use and techniques were still obscure. I enjoy this book for one of the many visions of what it "might" be like.

Throneburg, James. Illustrated by Plasencia, Peter. Man on the Moon: Our Future in Space. New York: Alfred A Knopf. (63 p.) 1961.

 The space suit and rocket designs seem very different from what we see in these books just a year or two later.


 An important question: "Why then would anyone want to go to the moon?
 Still in the era of multi-person "expeditions to the moon.




 Such a roomy ship, with enough headroom for a child to stow away in the rafters :)


Still a moment that I am amazed I got to see.


We didn't get around to a lot of exploring but we did "get many handfuls of the moon and take them back to the scientists on earth."