Assembly of The Moonships

Weightless in orbit 1,075 miles above earth, workers in space assemble three moon ships. Hawaiian Islands lie below. Winged transports unload near wheel-shaped space station top left. Engineers and equipment cluster around cargo ship lower left, passenger ship center and right.

Man on the Moon.

Collier’s, October 18,1952

Man Will Conquer Space Soon! at Wikipedia

Image credit: Colliers

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620 Miles Above Mars

  1. Near wheel-shaped space station 1,000 miles from the earth, built especially for assembly of the Mars expedition, weightless workers put together 10 rocket ships required for the flight. Three of the huge space craft have torpedo noses which convert to planes for landing on the planet.
  2. The first landing party takes off for Mars. Two other landing planes will wait until runway is prepared for them, and then the remaining seven ships will stay in 600-mile orbit. Arms on cargo ships hold screenlike dish antennas (for communication), trough-shaped solar mirrors (for power).

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

Return Flight

After 15 month exploration, the Mars expedition prepares for return flight to earth. Two landing planes are set on tails, with wings and landing gear removed. They will rocket back to the 600-mile orbit on first leg of journey.

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

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Lunar Orbit Station at Astronautix

Image credit: Boeing

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Sentovic Lander

Image credit: Convair

Image source: Numbers Station

The Path to Mars

Our World in Space by Isaac Asimov & Robert McCall (1974)

Project Viking at Astronautix

Image credit: NASA

Image source: Numbers Station

Convair Lunar Lander

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Image credit: Convair

Image source: Paul Carsola

LEM Mock-Up

Apollo Program at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

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