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Stowed Vent Array

In this series by Lewis Research Center artist Les Bossinas, an astronaut demonstrates multi-purpose solar arrays. As it harnesses the power of the sun, the first can be configured as a wind-tunnel for protecting strawberries or used as a tent for children’s garden parties. The second model can be used as a balance beam for gymnastics, a ping pong table, or folded up to create a porch screen. Just the thing for an evening cocktail while watching the sunset.

Image credit: NASA LRC

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Moving The Playhouse


Or, “Articulated Lunar Rover Lunar Excavator.”

Image credit: NASA LRC

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Lunar Orbit Station at Astronautix

Image credit: Eagle Engineering

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Orbiting Lunar Station

Image credit: NASA GRC

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By Jove!

Jupiter Lunar Landing

From one of Jupiter’s 12 moons, earth astronauts gaze on this impressive, but bleak, view of the 86,900 mile-diameter planet. More than 316 times the mass of the Earth, Jupiter is seven times further from the sun than Earth; would require voyage of one to two months to reach at velocity of one million feet per second. Max Hunter, Douglas Aircraft Company engineer predicts economically feasible trips to Jupiter will be made through development of nuclear thrust spaceship engines. 

Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. General Offices, Santa Monica, Calif.

Image credit: Douglas Aircraft Company

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