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The Future of Space Travel, in the 1950s

The Future of Space Travel, in the 1950s

Less than a year after its birth, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency announced its first astronaut class, the Mercury Seven, on April 9, 1959.  Project Mercury proved that humans could live and work in space, paving the way for all future human exploration. This cutaway drawing of the Mercury capsule was used by the(…)

Holiday snapshots on the moon

Holiday snapshots on the moon

Photos taken by the astronauts on moon during the Apollo missions in the late 60s and early 70s. The photo above shows a commemorative plaque left on the moon in during Apollo 15 in 1971 to remember the 14 deceased NASA astronauts and USSR cosmonauts. The tiny silver man represents the figure of a fallen astronaut.(…)

Watching the Apollo launches

Watching the Apollo launches

These are photos of the crowds and spectators of the Apollo launches in 1969, which include Apollo 10, 11 and 12. Apart from loving the wonderful array of 1960s sunglasses on display I genuinely envy the people in these pictures. I’ve always been fascinated by space, and vividly remember how excited  I used to watching(…)

1960s NASA: Apollo 1 crew in training

1960s NASA: Apollo 1 crew in training

The crew of NASA’s Apollo 1 training in Florida. The 3-man crew comprised of Virgil I (Gus) Grissom, Edward H. White, II, and Roger B. Chaffee. Sadly they didn’t make it into space as all three were killed shortly after these photos were taken on January 27, 1967 when a fire erupted in their capsule during(…)