How You’ll Fly to the MOON (Mar, 1947)

How You’ll Fly to the MOON

THE days of dreaming about a trip to the moon are over. The research destined to make that trip an actuality is already well under way.

Next May the first step on the long, long trail into space may be made: Man hopes to send something up that will never come down again (see “Going Up for Keeps,” p. 66). In the words of Dr. Fritz Zwicky, the California Institute of Technology physicist who suggested the May satellite-making experiment, “We first throw a little something into the skies. Then a little more, then a shipload of instruments—then ourselves.”

And other scientists agree. Dr. James A. Van Allen, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, anticipates sending a rocket to the moon (one way, no crew) within 15 years. “A conservative estimate,” he says. Maj. P. C. Calhoun, chief of the AAF’s guided-missile branch, expects to travel to the moon and back in his lifetime. And the University of California at Los Angeles already offers a course in rocket navigation!

Five Roads to Doomsday (Feb, 1950)

Five Roads to Doomsday

By Richard F. Dempewolff

UNDER a star-studded dome of blue sky, people gazed upward uneasily. Something was wrong with the solar system. The friendly, familiar moon had ceased to be friendly. Slowly, it was moving closer and closer to earth until, finally, an unfamiliar moon, huge and terrible, filled half the sky.

There was no beauty in the awesome spectacle. With the moon’s advance, ocean tides grew into mountains of water, spilling over continents, obliterating cities. Molten matter from deep under the earth’s crust, spewed from every crater and crevasse. Oceans atomized with hissing roars. Cities crumbled and were engulfed in a sea of liquid fire.

Pluto Is an Exceedingly Minor Planet (Nov, 1934)

Aparently Pluto’s status as a planet has been in doubt from the very beginning.

Pluto Is an Exceedingly Minor Planet

SINCE his discovery, the planet Pluto has been a good deal of a disappointment to his sponsors. Now Dr. Baade, of Mt. Wilson observatory, estimates that Pluto’s mass is something like that of Titan, the largest satellite of Saturn. But the mass of Titan, though the diameter is 2,600 miles, is but l/50th that of the Earth, or less than twice that of the moon. So that Pluto ranks as the largest asteroid, rather than the smallest planet; and it may be necessary to look farther for unknown planets.

Soviet Cities on the Moon? (Feb, 1958)

Soviet Cities on the Moon?

by Albert Parry

We advertise our failures, but the Soviets don’t. For all we know, Moscow’s scientists and engineers did try to shoot a rocket to the moon last November 7, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Communist seizure of power in Russia, but failed.

You will recall that for a while, during that weekend, some mysterious radio signals were heard from outer space. They were not accountable by the two Sputniks, and soon they faded out.

We may surmise that, in their try for the moon, the Soviet shooting team took a wrong aim, and that the rocket they fired is now either orbiting around the sun or is lost in space.


According to this article the answer is: exactly like us.


by Willy Ley
Condensed from This Week Magazine

A short time ago man put artificial satellites in space. Sometime in 1958 we will launch a piloted aircraft into space. Some scientists are confident we could hit the moon with an unmanned rocket today. Within 10 or 20 years spaceflight will be an almost everyday occurrence.

Once we are in space, the question arises — will we be the only ones? Will we find other intelligent beings plying the spaceways, and if so. what will they be like? We cannot predict everything, of course, but we do have a good idea of what space people might look like.

Whole library in a nutshell (Feb, 1965)

Whole library in a nutshell
This latest space trick might work well with earthbound libraries. The magnifying viewer on the astronaut’s knee holds 12,000 pages of microfilmed manuals, maps, and navigation data for use in the Apollo lunar spacecraft. The film is coded and indexed so a flip of a switch puts any page on the screen in 15 seconds.

First Man In Space (Dec, 1958)

First Man In Space

By Harry Kursh

YOU’RE a special breed. That’s why you’ve been selected to be the first man into space. You squirm nervously in your space suit inside the ballistic-like metal container designed to hurl you into orbit. Outside, in an underground blockhouse, the project engineer’s finger is poised over the blast-off button. The countdown is in its final seconds—five, four, three, two, one— fire! …

Fortress on a Skyhook (Apr, 1949)

This thing kind of looks like a little Deathstar, and it will only take 10 trips to build. Let’s do it!

Also, they claim the atomic reactor reaches tempuratures of 600 billion degrees. Does this seem a little high to anyone else?

Fortress on a Skyhook

The U.S. is working on plans for a satellite base, Defense Secretary Forrestal reveals. Take a long look at this man-made moon—and learn how it may rule the world.

By Frank Tinsley

EVEN Jules Verne would be amazed at the latest activities of the U. S. Department of Defense. Secretary James Forrestal disclosed recently that his department is working on a “satellite base” to revolve around the world like a miniature moon, as a military outpost in space.

Redshift Caused by Tired Light (Nov, 1932)

To think, I’d always believed that redshift was caused by the doppler effect. How silly of me. Actually the light just gets really tired! (You would too if you’d traveled for 13 billion light years without a single vacation day). And of course blueshift occurs when the light is really happy or excited, like when it wins a race against… well anything really.

According to Wikipedia redshift was first used to measure the velocity of a star moving away from the Earth in 1868 so they really don’t have an excuse for not getting the memo. My only guess is that they couldn’t accept the fact that practically everything in the Universe is moving away from us and that the farther away it is, the faster it’s going. This of course leads to crazy ideas like the big bang.

Light Gets Tired and Turns Red
THAT light rays get tired as they travel for millions of years through space, fritter away a little of themselves century by century and end by changing color so that rays which started as blue ones may finish by becoming red is suggested by scientists. Astronomers have discovered that light rays coming to the earth from the most distant nebulae actually show what is called the “red shift,” which means the light from these nebulae is shifted a little toward the red end of the spectrum. What may be happening is that each tiny bit of each light ray may lose a small fraction of its substance as it moves through space.

New NASA Space Telescope (Sep, 1979)

The funny thing about this ad is that “NASA Space Telescope” was the original name of the Hubble Space Telescope and Perkin-Elmer is the contractor that delivered a flawed main mirror, requiring a very expensive and difficult repair mission.

Responsive Technology from Perkin-Elmer

The NASA Space Telescope: Getting ready for the clearest look yet into space

The NASA Space Telescope, scheduled for launch by the Space Shuttle in the 1980s, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 310 miles. Unlike ground-based telescopes which are restricted to a narrow spectral window and subject to distortions by the earth’s atmosphere, the Space Telescope will provide astronomers with the clearest view yet of the universe.