Category:
Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy

Billboards in space

If Russian company StartRocket has their way, there will soon be no escaping ads. They plan to display them in the sky, from satellites. They hope to have them up and running by 2021.

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Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 09, 2019 - Comments (8)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Advertising, Billboards

Charles Fitzgerald, Daredevil

Bored with risking his life on Earth, Fitzgerald offered to become the first astronaut.





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Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 05, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Twentieth Century

Putnik Ride

It's hard to see what this thing did, other than revolve around the fake Earth. Swing up and down, maybe? I assume there was a counterbalancing capsule on the other end of the boom.

Plus, 300 riders per hour? Three in each capsule, as shown. Six total per "ride." That's fifty rides per hour, given filling and emptying the capsules. One minute swinging around at the end of a boom?

Surely one of the dullest rides ever invented.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Dec 28, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Boredom, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s

Mystery Gadget 64



NASA uses this. What is it?

The answer is here.

And after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 07, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, 1960s

1958 Rocket Queen



"Karen Barger, 14-year-old queen of Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Water Carnival of 1958, steps down from simulated rocket ship to open show."

Original photo here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 03, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1950s

Moon Cheeze

July 20 was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. Back in 1969, the Fisher cheese company, located in Armstrong's home town of Wapakoneta, Ohio, capitalized on that achievement by coming out with "Moon Cheeze." It seems to have been just regular American cheddar cheese. Only the packaging was special. It came in a container shaped like the state of Ohio. Apparently it was so popular that they kept making it for years.



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Palladium-Item - Jan 19, 1969



Pensacola News Journal - July 18, 1969



Bonus: Armstrong making pizza in 1969. That looks like mozzarella, not Moon Cheeze.

via I have seen the whole Internet

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 21, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Food, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, 1960s

A Funky Space Reincarnation



"You and me gonna be getting down on a space bed...getting down on the Moon!"

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 30, 2017 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Sex Symbols, Science Fiction, 1970s

Death by Space Helmet

Another example of the danger of reading comic books. From July 1954:

a man suffocated by a plastic raincoat round his head was trying to copy a space-helmet he saw illustrated in a "comic." He appeared to be trying to imagine the sensation of travelling through space.

See here for a previous example.

The Guardian - July 27, 1954



Perhaps the space helmet that inspired him looked something like this:

Posted By: Alex - Sat Feb 25, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Comics, Headgear, 1950s

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