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  1. Inbound from space, a fast moving rocket ship noses down toward the earth, its crew alert – as always – for signs of danger. Disaster wont’ occur often on space, but rocketeers will be prepared: most of the paraphernalia shown in the cutaway sections of artist Fred Freeman’s picture is emergency equipment. To see how it is used, turn to Emergency!
  2. In emergency (as when broken porthole lets cabin pressure escape, as pictured), crew and passengers press buttons on chair arms; contour seats straighten automatically, capsules clap shut, seal. Capsules are connected to cabin pressure system, also have own pressure for bail-out. To abandon ship, men push another button. Capsules, guided by rails, are ejected by powder charge, drop safely into ocean with men inside. When possible, men will remain in ship, operating controls from within capsules, until they are close enough to earth to land normally.
  3. Emergency capsule is ejected from rocket ship with crewman inside, drops into sea. Speed is slowed by metal chute, impact is cushioned by small rocket in capsule base. The picture shows radar-equipped plane, rescue vessels converging on area to pick up crew members, two being slowed by rockets, and one (foreground) still so high rocket hasn’t blasted yet. Cutaway shows man in capsule, strapped to contour chair, with rocket and frozen under feet. Metal arms on base guide capsule during ejection.

How Man will Meet Emergency in Space Travel.

Collier’s, March 14, 1953

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Image credit: Collier’s

Image source: AIAA Houston

Emergency in Space Travel

Before space-going rocket tries out its power, it will undergo tow tests behind jet bomber. Crew will board it, try emergency procedures–including bail-out, shown above.

How Man will Meet Emergency in Space Travel.

Collier’s, March 14, 1953

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Image credit: Collier’s

Image source: AIAA Houston

Can We Get to MARS?

  1. Cutaway of plane in the foreground shows personnel, tractors in ship.
  2. Advance party, after landing on Martian snow in ski-equipped plane, prepares for trip to equator. Men live in inflatable, pressurized spheres mounted on tractors, enter and leave through air locks in the central column. Sphere on tractor is just being blown up. Cutaway of tractor, foreground, shows closed-circuit engine, run by hydrogen peroxide, oil. Trailer cutaway shows fuel supply, cargo.

Is there Life on Mars?

Collier’s, April 30, 1954

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Image credit: Collier’s

Image source: AIAA Houston

1969 Mars Mission

Mars Expedition 1969 at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA Lewis

Image source: National Archives


This is a Martin Co. engineering design of a shuttle vehicle to carry five men, or an equivalent amount of equipment, to a rendezvous in orbit with a space station. After delivering it’s load, this vehicle returns to earth by following a glide pattern and slowing in the earth’s atmosphere until landing speed can be attained.

SLOMAR at Secret Projects Forum

Image credit: Martin

Image source: Numbers Station


Project Mercury at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: NM Space Museum


Apollo-Soyuz Test Project at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: NASA JSC

Gary Meyer

Apollo Program at Astronautix

Image credit: North American Aviation

Image source: Numbers Station


SASSTO (Saturn Application Single-Stage-to-Orbit) combined launch vehicle and spacecraft. Only 62.3 ft (19m.) tall, a single plug-nozzle engine would serve both as launch vehicle and for soft-landing back on Earth after an orbital mission. The craft – seen here with a Gemini two-man capsule – would be recovered intact and could be used repeatedly. It would be a particularly appropriate for ferry missions into Earth-orbit including the emergency rescue of astronauts.

  1. Optional fairing around the two-man Gemini Capsule;
  2. Gemini adapter section;
  3. Transition support structure;
  4. Orbit injection / retro and control propellant tanks (6);
  5. Toroidal liquid-oxygen tank;
  6. Annular combustion chamber;
  7. Truncated plug nozzle and re-entry heat shield;
  8. Attitude-control system (4);
  9. Retractable landing legs (4);
  10. Spherical liquid-hydrogen propellant tank.

Frontiers of Space
Philip Bono & Kenneth Gatland
Macmillan, 1969

SASSTO at Astronautix

Image credit: Douglas

Image source(s):

SDASM Archives

Numbers Station

Orbital Workshop by Neil Jacobe

B&W (As seen in Roundup dated Nov. 24, 1967)
NOV. 67 S-67-51373


ORBITAL WORKSHOP — Artist’s concept showing how a Saturn S-IVB stage will appear when converted to the Apollo Applications Orbital Workshop. Launched fully fueled with airlock and docking adaptor attached, the S-IVB’s liquid hydrogen tank becomes a shirtsleeve environment workshop after the fuel has been depleted. At left is an Apollo Command and Service Module launched separately and docked into one of the docking adaptor’s ports. The Apollo Telescope Mount is shown docked into one of the side ports. The ATM will be joined to the cluster in a second phase of the program. Solar cell “wings” to provide power fold outward from the S-IVB after orbit is achieved. McDonnell Douglas Corporation’s Missile and Space Systems Division is making the S-IVB orbital workshop modifications under contract to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and McDonnell Astronautics Company is developing the airlock under contract to MSC. (MCDONNELL DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPH)

Look closely and you’ll notice subtle differences between this version of the painting and a colour rendering found in the SDASM Archives I’ve shared before.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Jacobe’s work, his artwork for the Douglas MOL can be found here. The images are small and plastered with watermarks, so it’s a bit of a tease but they are beautiful.

Skylab at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Numbers Station