ROCKETING to the Moon (Jan, 1930)

ROCKETING to the Moon

by Prof. R. H. GODDARD, B.Sc., A.M., Ph.D.
as told to William Robertson

FOR YEARS scientists have been forced to study the moon through its reflection in the observatory mirror. Since the moon refused to come closer to the earth than 220,000 miles, however, man may find it possible to exercise the alternative of Mahomet and go to the moon, in the opinion of a distinguished man of science.

A Rocket Voyage to the Moon (Sep, 1929)

A Rocket Voyage to the Moon

NO LONGER a fantasy, a rocket to the moon may be fired before another 12 months have passed. Discussion of interplanetary navigation reached a climax recently in a meeting of European scientists in the convention of the Societie Astronomique of France where the Hirach-Pelterie prize of 5,000 francs was awarded to Professor Herman Oberth for researches in this field.

Cosmic Clearing House (Jun, 1960)

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Cosmic Clearing House

By Lloyd Mallan

Life on other planets? How can we communicate?

These are questions for Cornell’s new space center.

THERE are about ten-billion suns in our “local” universe, the Milky Way. Will man be able to communicate with countless planets that are probably revolving about them? Is our knowledge of radio adequate?

Fan Builds Stovepipe Telescope (Jul, 1934)

Fan Builds Stovepipe Telescope

USING a section of stovepipe for a tube, Arnold Oswald, Los Angeles amateur astronomer, has constructed a remarkably efficient reflecting telescope at a surprisingly low construction cost.

The total expense of constructing the stovepipe instrument, including the pipe, lens, reflector, tripod, counterbalance and other accessories, was slightly more than ten dollars, according to its builder.

Radio-Powered Sky Station (Feb, 1960)

Radio-Powered Sky Station

A loft on microwave power, sky station will provide better communications, better missile-age defense.

THE controlled transmission of energy through space is no longer a dream of scientists or the exclusive tool of fiction writers—it is reality.

How “Weather Eye” Maps World’s Clouds (Jun, 1959)

How “Weather Eye” Maps World’s Clouds

THE Vanguard II “weather eye” satellite has paved the way—although it’s a bumpy road— to continuous, world-wide mapping of the world’s weather.

The forerunner of more-advanced satellites scheduled for orbiting this year, it has provided some basic know-how in the use of artificial moons for meteorological purposes.

Palomar Telescope Won’t See Far Enough! (Mar, 1948)

It’s the Biggest… It’s the Newest… But Palomar Telescope Won’t See Far Enough!


SOME time this year an astronomer will peer for the first time through the largest telescope the world has ever known—will penetrate space to a distance of two billion light years farther than the eye of man has ever explored.

But he won’t see far enough.

Cosmic Rays Only Thing Immortal (Jan, 1932)

Cosmic Rays Only Thing Immortal

NEITHER stars nor worlds, sunlight or heavens, can science admit to be eternal. Only one thing known to science can be called immortal—the cosmic rays investigated, among others, by the famous California physicist, Dr. R. A. Millikan. These rays may even be relics of days before there existed any universe as we know it now.

Astronomers Discover New Planet Out Beyond Neptune (Jun, 1930)

Astronomers Discover New Planet Out Beyond Neptune

The recently discovered planet, already named Pluto, is judged to be the same size as the earth.

The late Percival Lowell, shown above, predicted the planet’s discovery 25 years ago. The picture of the planet was obtained with a 24-inch reflector and is from a 30-times enlargement of the plate. It was taken by Prof. George Van Biesbroeck of Yerkes Observatory at Williams Bay, Wisc. The bright glow on the plate is the near-by star, Delta Geminorum.

SATURN S-IVB is built by DOUGLAS (Aug, 1963)


A key factor in the NASA Apollo program, the Saturn S-IVB, operating as the second and final stage of the Saturn IB, will place the Apollo spacecraft into earth orbit. It will also operate as the third and final stage of the Saturn V, which NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has assigned to sending a manned Apollo to the moon late in this decade. S-IVB is 58 feet tall and 22 feet in diameter.