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Saturn: The Ringed Beauty

Saturn seen from its satellite Midas

Saturn with its rings seen edge on

Spaceship explores the rings of Saturn

Conquering the Sun’s Empire
Frederick I. Ordway, III
and Ronald C. Wakeford

Illustrations by Harry H-K Lange

E.P Dutton & Co., 1963

Image source: Numbers Station

Uranus: Planet on Its Side

Explorers in Miranda viewing the banded atmosphere of Uranus

Uranus and its moons

Spaceship approaching Uranus; the squat, rugged landing craft will be detached from the manned spaceship as it approaches the planet.

Conquering the Sun’s Empire
Frederick I. Ordway, III
and Ronald C. Wakeford

Illustrations by Harry H-K Lange

E.P Dutton & Co., 1963

Image source: Numbers Station

Neptune: Greenish Dot in Space

The planet Neptune

Spaceship on Triton

Resupply ship on faraway Nereid preparing for take-off to Pluto

Conquering the Sun’s Empire
Frederick I. Ordway, III
and Ronald C. Wakeford

Illustrations by Harry H-K Lange

E.P Dutton & Co., 1963

Image source: Numbers Station

Pluto: The Lonely Outpost

Pluto shadowed against Milky Way galaxy

Ion-propelled spaceship entering into orbit around Pluto

Radio telescope on Pluto studying distant stars

Conquering the Sun’s Empire
Frederick I. Ordway, III
and Ronald C. Wakeford

Illustrations by Harry H-K Lange

E.P Dutton & Co., 1963

Image source: Numbers Station

Interstellar Depths

Interstellar spaceship arriving at an alien Solar System trillions of miles away

6,250 times as great as the distance from Earth to Pluto. To make such astronomical differences comprehensible we can say that the difference between these two distances is like the difference between the circumference of Earth (25,000 miles) and 4 miles.

Conquering the Sun’s Empire
Frederick I. Ordway, III
and Ronald C. Wakeford

Illustrations by Harry H-K Lange

E.P Dutton & Co., 1963

Image source: Numbers Station

Mysterious Alvarez

I’m pretty sure the top piece is by North American master illustrator M. Alvarez because he/she signed it. I think the bottom is by the same hand. What are we looking at? It’s a space station, but you knew that. You now know as much as I do. Parked here only because it shares the same page in Flying the Space Shuttles as the 1982 concept by Ted Brown I shared earlier.

Flying the Space Shuttles
Don Dwiggins
Dodd, Mead & Co., 1985

Space Station 1982 at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Numbers Station

1980 Space Base Concept

Eagle Has Landed
Don Dwiggins
Golden Gate, 1970

Space Base at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

mage source: Numbers Station

LLV by Ron Simpson

Eagle Has Landed
Don Dwiggins
Golden Gate, 1970

Lunar Logistics Spacecraft at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source: Numbers Station

The Pod

Our World in Space
Robert McCall & Isaac Asimov
New York Graphic Society, 1974

Image credit: Robert McCall

Image source: Numbers Station

Exploration Continues

Our World in Space
Robert McCall & Isaac Asimov
New York Graphic Society, 1974

Image credit: Robert McCall

Image source: Numbers Station

Single Large Booster

Our World in Space
Robert McCall & Isaac Asimov
New York Graphic Society, 1974

Image source: Numbers Station

Shuttles At Work

Space shuttles at work. In the background a space station cluster extends its manipulating arms to assist a shuttlecraft in docking.

A shuttle in Earth orbit deploying its payload.

Our World in Space
Robert McCall & Isaac Asimov
New York Graphic Society, 1974

Image credit: Robert McCall

Image source: Numbers Station