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Migrator (Cutaway)

Image credit: Convair

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Convair Migrator

An ad in a 1962 issue of Missiles & Rockets magazine describes this concept as a multi-purpose concept designated “Migrator.” Beginning in 1968, it could serve as a highly versatile, operational space station. “Migrator” will contain an onboard propulsion system, giving the vehicle the capability to migrate from one operational site to another, and will offer extended usefulness by serving as an interplanetary spacecraft.

Image credit: Convair

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Nuclear Ferry

A conventional spacecraft, right, has brought into space a manned vehicle which is being towed toward another celestial body by a nuclear rocket.

The Next Fifty Years in Space
by Erik Bergaust
Macmillan, 1964

HELIOS at Atomic Rockets

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GENERAL DYNAMICS / ASTRONAUTICS artist’s conception of a three-man Manned Astronautical Research Station (MARS) in operation 200 miles above earth. The station in orbit would be linked to a spent Centaur vehicle. The two bodies would rotate about each other, the resulting centrifugal force providing the necessary artificial gravity.

Missiles and Rockets, Feb 10, 1964

Image credit: General Dynamics

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LEM Mock-Up

Apollo Program at Astronautix

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