A 50’s publication on the space age, before ‘real’ space age was even started.
Among the illustrations and cutaways of space stations, rockets and EVA, the book speculates about the possibility of using of a space station as a (Soviet) nuclear missile platform.
The black and white illustration is from Archigram 4, and guess what? They got the spaceships from Across the Space Frontier, (or, more probably from a comic book copy).
From the very rich Smallritual Flickr stream.
Well spotted! The Space Station from “Across the Space Frontier” became sort of a default item in science fiction design during the 1950s and 60s (even after that). The image in Chalk’s collage was, indeed, clipped from a comic book published in 1953, just a year after Von Braun’s book. It’s actually the oldest the image in Space Probe!
Berry Greathouse says
At the International Space Station ISS repairs are often needed on the exterior, the problem is it is a lot of work to send out a manned space walk to do this. Astronauts need oxygen and they have the problems of human error. Yet if we use robots, well they do not complain, unless programmed too. Robots in fact could spend months to fix something, astronauts five day space walk missions are about all we can muster right now and if we cannot get it done in time, imagine the cost for another launch. What about Fatigue factors, which take a toll on the organic components of the human body? Costs to send up a space crew to do repairs can be millions if not billions of dollars.,
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Ed Ackman says
While the present seems so obvious when you’re here, much has always been unforeseen by futurists or proven to be totally wide of the mark.
I read recently that a 1988 forecast of the next 30 years by smartest guys in the room didn’t even mention the mobile phone or any of its 2013 functions.
So it is amazing that much of this book is right on the money, detailed 17 years before it happened – even if the design of the space station in this learned tome came from the pen of a comic book cartoon animator.