COOL IMAGES: Let's Go to the Moon!

Science  18 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5482, pp. 1103
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5482.1103a

Dissatisfied with the new millennium? If you're still waiting for your personal rocket pack and Mars vacation, or if you believe the international space station really ought to be doughnut-shaped, perhaps it's because you spent some formative years reading the books resurrected in Dreams of Space. The lovingly compiled collection presents hundreds of illustrations from children's space-travel books published between 1883 and 1974, with a focus on those post-1950. Follow the chronological arrangement to watch spaceship images evolve from rounded pods to winged rockets to sleek, staged rockets with landing capsules. Satellite books boom post-Sputnik, and the city-under-a-dome theme emerges in the late 1950s. The collection includes books by Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Wernher von Braun. Perhaps you'll recognize a favorite Golden Book or Tomorrowland image that inspired your inner astronaut.

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