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Tarco Space Pilot Helmet, 1952

The sound of whizzing in space.

[via bifurcated rivets]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jan 13, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Space Travel, Headgear, 1950's

John Glenn’s Fireflies

Did pioneer astronaut John Glenn see aliens?

Not likely.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Aug 05, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Aliens, Space Travel, 1960's, Natural Wonders

The Certainty of a Future Life In Mars

Did you know that when you die, your soul goes to a new life on Mars?

You can read all about it right here.


Here's what happens when the new soul first arrives.


Here's a little scholarly perspective.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Mar 24, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Death, Religion, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Space Travel, 1900's

Gumby on the Moon

I tend to forget--and perhaps a younger generation never knew--just how weird Gumby was, right from his first adventure, seen here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Aug 05, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Family, Surrealism, Stop-motion Animation, Space Travel, 1950's

Where are our space helmets?

Here's another prediction of yesteryear that never panned out. Found in the Kingsport News - Apr 2, 1959:

J. McLaren Thomson, president of the National Hairdressers Federation, predicts that both men and women will have their hair short by 1999 so that they can wear space helmets. He said women will have a collection of wigs to wear with special dresses for gala occasions.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 12, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Space Travel, Hair Styling, Headgear, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Fritz von Opel

Fritz von Opel was one of those early-20th-century rocket-besotted guys who pioneered this exotic means of propulsion. Just look at his rocket car go in the film clip above! (Narration in German, but not necessary to comprehension.)

But von Opel's innocent excitement had its darker side. I give you the 1929 newspaper article below. Specifically, the enlarged sentence.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Mar 29, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Inventions, War, Space Travel, 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, Europe, Cars

Lunar Fashion

Back in 1968, the artist Gianangelli unveiled these metal bathing suits that he described as the "lunar fashion from the year 2000." In hindsight, his belief that we'd still be going to the moon in the year 2000 was more wrong than his fashion prediction. [Calgary Herald]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Dec 07, 2012 | Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Space Travel, 1960's

Artwork on the Moon

Several pieces of art have been left on the moon during the missions to its surface. These are the two that I'm aware of, though there may be more:

Moon Museum — a tiny piece of ceramic wafer on which six artists (Robert Rauschenberg, David Novros, John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg, Forrest Myers, and Andy Warhol) drew pictures. It was attached to a leg of the Intrepid landing module (though this was never confirmed by NASA) which landed on the moon and was left there in November 1969. Warhol contributed the rocket/penis in the upper-left corner.

Fallen Astronaut — An aluminum sculpture of a humanoid figure that's supposed to represent an astronaut in a spacesuit. It was left on the surface of the moon on August 1, 1971, next to a plaque listing astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the advancement of space exploration.

So we've left a picture of a penis on the moon, as well as a sexless humanoid figure. I wonder if this will confuse future alien archaeologists who find the art.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Dec 03, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Space Travel

Warp Drive at 10 times the Speed of Light

Star Trek fans rejoice!! Theoretical warp drive is on the fast track. I don't get all the details, but here's the link to the story:

And we also need a picture of what it would look like!!


It's true!! Donuts and donut shapes rule the universe!!
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Tue Sep 18, 2012 | Comments (8)
Category: Space Travel

Nazi Sun Gun

Read about the Nazi plan to build an orbital death ray.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 02, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Mad Scientists, Evil Geniuses, Insane Villains, War, Weapons, Space Travel, 1940's
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