Friday, June 1, 2012
The Red Planet (part 4) (1961)
As part of my hunt for non-fiction stuff about space flight I have a few comics books in the collections. In this case the illustrations were hidden inside The World Around Us: Undersea Adventures (#30) 1961. The World Around Us was Classics Illustrated's non-fiction series of comics. While not unique it was one of the few companies that published non-fiction and fiction comics.
Each panel is a scene from a trip taken from the Moon to a manned landing on Mars. The first panel (above) shows the take off from our Moonbase. It points out that to get to Mars you need to leave the Earth-Moon system before Mars is closest to Earth.
This panel points out how it is not a straight trip but rather a great curve. A optimal least fuel/least time trajectory.
We are reminded that Mars is flat. You will see dunes and craters and occasional hills (unless you land near the many canyons).