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Opel Rocket Vehicles

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Original pic here.

Opel-RAK were a series of rocket vehicles produced by Fritz von Opel, of the Opel car company, in association with others, including Max Valier and Friedrich Wilhelm Sander largely as publicity stunts.

The Lippisch Ente a rocket-powered glider was produced on June 11, 1928, piloted by Fritz Stamer, but is not usually considered part of the series.

Opel RAK.1 - a rocket car that achieved 75 km/h (47 mph) on March 15, 1928[2]
Opel RAK.2 - rocket car May 23, 1928 reached a speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) driven by 24 solid-fuel rockets[2]
Opel RAK.3 rocket train (quoted speed is variously 254 or 290 km/h. See: [3], [4], [5], [6], [7]) On the second run the train jumps the track and is destroyed.
Opel Rak IV rocket train, destroyed when a solid rocket explodes on the track, exploding all the other rockets. Railway authorities prohibit further runs.[3]
Opel RAK.1 rocket glider September 30, 1929


Some stock footage of some of the rocket vehicles was incorporated into this early SF film.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 25, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Movies, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, Science Fiction, 1920's, Europe, Cars

NASA Presents:  Space Food!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 22, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Food, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1960's

Extraterrestrial Real Estate

In my latest about.com article, I explore some of the characters who have claimed to own the sun, moon, stars, and planets (and are often willing to sell plots of land on them, for a nominal price).

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jun 23, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy

SEX IN SPACE!

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Plans are in motion to produce the first.XXX movie filmed in space.
There is a Indiegogo funding campaign for the project, just in case anyone wants to participate (financially only of course) in the effort.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jun 10, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Performance Art, Actors, Twenty-first Century, Sex

Spaceship from 1954 Halloween Parade

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Click either image to enlarge.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 14, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Art, Motor Vehicles, Parades and Festivals, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950's

Lesbian Space Gals of 1973

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"We read PLAYBOY and PLAYGIRL magazines," laughed Capt. Evelyn Jean Parks....."

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 17, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1970's, LGBT, Women

The Martian Writing of Hélène Smith

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A self-styled medium, Ms Smith was not content to talk to distant or dead Earth people only, but also had a hotline to Mars. Here is her portrait of a typical Martian, and their language.

Wikipedia entry here.

Long article here.

Porta-Potty Rocket

The Throne Thrusters is a group of Michigan-based rocket enthusiasts who have decided to attach high-powered rockets to a porta-potty and blast it thousands of feet into the air.
They're doing this in order to increase awareness of rocketry as a hobby, as well as to prove that it's possible to turn a porta-potty into a rocket. Launch is set for Nov. 22.

Check out their Facebook page for more details. [via Online Athens]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Bathrooms, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy

Is Space Travel Covered?

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Russia sent 5 geckos, amongst other small creatures, to space in order to study the animals sex habits in zero gravity. The satellite was recently brought back and the geckos were all dead, possibly due to freezing. Ok, first, if you are studying sexual activity why send an odd number of participants. Second, who did not know it is too cold for geckos in space? Yeah, yeah, they knew, but they sure didn't prepare for it sufficiently. Thirdly, were they insured by Geico??
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Sep 01, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Animals, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Goofs and Screw-ups
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