Friday, August 16, 2019

Space Age Spinoffs : Space Program Benefits for All Mankind (1972)

As the space program was winding down there was a need to justify the space program for more than just getting to the Moon. This book introduces instruments and techniques developed by space scientists that have benefitted such varied areas as medicine, weather forecasting, waste disposal, and photography.

Colby, C.B. Space Age Spinoffs : Space Program Benefits for All Mankind. New York, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. (48 p.) 28 cm. 1972.

 Laser surgery for cataracts
 Comfy foam for our pillows and beds
 Grooved highways
 Better protection for firefighters
 Improved navigation and guidance
And of course, The Silver Rescue Blanket.  How many of these are around you home or work right now?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Blast Off (1973)

A charming children's book dreaming about space flight. I do not own a copy (but would like one if you are offering). It is well worth sharing more widely.

Linda C. Cain and Susan Rosenbaum. Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon. Blast Off.
Lexington, Mass. : Ginn and Company, (24 p.) 20 cm. 1973.

Friday, August 2, 2019

About the Greatest Dream of Humanity (1965)

A nice Soviet book.  Not a lot of space content but worth sharing. It is concerned with the big ideas of what the future might hold. There were a number of futurism books about transportation, buildings, farming the sea, etc. I "scavenged" a few of the space-related illustrations and future cities both undersea and land-based).

Gladkov, K. About the Greatest Dream of Humanity. Moscow: DetLit. (128 p.) 22 cm. 1965.

 I have not found many illustrations of the soviet undersea future so this is kinda neat.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Space Twins on the Moon (1971)

Space Twins on the Moon is another Christian book I have found about a fictional trip to the Moon.

 James C. Hefley. Illustrated by  Robert F. Smith. Space Twins on the Moon. Cincinnati, Ohio : Standard Pub. Co.,  (96 p.) 18 cm. 1971.

 A family is invites to live on the Moon for a Month.
Note that they were invited because the Glenns and Bormans were also Christian so they are "perfect examples for all Americans to consider." They would be helping helping to explore what an extended stay on the Moon would be like for the families of the scientists.

 "...the [Russians] would probably have said that they had come to the Moon and couldn't find God."
 Basically they come to the Moon, have a few adventures and because one of them is injured they just head right back to earth.

More of an oddity than an important children's book but it shows how the "race for the moon" got into all sorts of stories for children.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

"The Road to the Moon": Kellogg's Man-In-Space Patches (1969)

One of my favorite sets of ephemera from my childhood is the Kellogg's Man-in-Space Patches, that came in boxes of Cornflakes in late 1968 and early 1969.

Each manned mission has its own patch from Freedom 7 (5-5-61) to Apollo 10 (scheduled 5-18-69).  They each had a description on the back of the patch of the astronauts, date of the mission, and what they did. 

Looking at them again on this 50th anniversary of the moon landing reminds me how much happened in those 8 years and how closely I felt like it was "my" success too. So enjoy this little extra.