Friday, October 5, 2018

Astronaut Press Meeting, Lewis Research Center, March 4, 1960

This is a piece of ephemera I found. It looks like a souvenir of a press event with the Mercury astronauts at the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland Ohio.

"Astronaut Press Meeting, Lewis Research Center, March 4, 1960." 12 p.

It is a spiral-bound thick board-book with reproductions of photographs and some news article that covered the event.

 Mostly it was a chance for reporters to see the astronauts and report on the bio-medical testing they were undergoing.

"Perhaps the most impressive simulator, the whirligig called MASTIF (for Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility), located at Lewis' cavernous altitude wind tunnel, was publicized far beyond its value as a training aid. Conceived in 1959 by David S. Gabriel of Lewis as a rig to test space equipment in three degrees of rotational and two degrees of linear freedom, the idea of concentric gimbaled cages was translated into hardware in the altitude wind tunnel early in 1959, when Lewis was assigned the job of testing Big Joe's attitude control system. Robert R. Miller directed the MASTIF project; Louis L. Corpas did the detail design work; and Frank Stenger developed the air-jet propulsion arrangement. Soon they had erected a tinker-toy-like rig 21 feet in diameter at its supporting yoke, capable of mounting a 3,000-pound space capsule inside its three sets of gimbals, and able to turn and tumble the whole combination in three axes simultaneously at 60 noisy revolutions per minute. An early trial revved the outer cage from zero to 50 revolutions per minute in half a turn." see This New Ocean

Friday, September 21, 2018

Japanese Science Encyclopedia (1956)

Since I am not posting much this month here is a huge treat!

Another interesting artifact.  Some illustrations from a 1956 Japanese Children's Science Encyclopedia. It has some wonderful painted space illustrations from the volume about transportation. It was originally published in 1956 but it seems to have updated sections through 1959 to take in current events.

Don't have much else I can say about the books (or even what the title of the encyclopedia is).

I wonder if it is a translation of another encyclopedia?  Many of the other illustrations in this and the other volumes seem very specific to Japan.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Build Your Own Moon Settlement (1973)

Yeah September is here, which means I am off the web for a while so I wanted to leave you with a "juicy" post.  This is an amazing book called "Build Your Own Moon Settlement." It is both a craft book and a space architecture book.  

Written by a real architect it is not an "adult" book but seems more directed to older children and curious/crafty adults. It is hard to find and I have never had the nerve to actually build the Moon settlement.  Basically the last few pages of the book is the punch-outs that you can fold into various structures. 

Wilson, Forrest. Build Your Own Moon Settlement. New York: Pantheon Books. (32 p.) 21 x 28 cm. Softcover. 1973

With very limited "space art" this book is a craft book that allows you to build cardboard models of some of the major modules a Moon settlement would need. Written by an architect, its 27 pages of text outline his ideas for how a colony would work. A unique book, characteristic of this post-Moon landing period. 

I don't have a lot to add right now, I just really enjoy his line drawings of the moon buildings and their intended functions. I hope you enjoy them too.