Vintage futures: Next Stop Mars, 1952

In the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, reader JMV shares this wonderful scan of a 1952 feature from the Vancouver Sun's "Weekend Picture Magazine" on the coming age of travel to Mars.

Illustration by Edgar Ainsworth.

"It will probably be some 50 years before any safe space flight from Earth to another planet and back is made, but there seems now to be very little doubt that the dreams of Roger Bacon in AD 1249 and Albertus Magnus in 1280 have left the realm of Wellsian imaginings and become a practical proposition."

Here's a larger size. Guess they didn't think of Rovers!


  1. Come to Mars! Fall into a big ass hole!

    I guess a crash landing doesn’t seem like a big selling point.

    1. It says that’s the basic average speed, not the maximum. Not that this really makes their business model exhorting newlyweds to have their honeymoon in space really feasible even so. At 3000/mph, we are talking a year (one way) to get to Venus and even longer to get to Mars. Maybe okay for emigrants wanting to have a chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity in the offworld colonies, but a bit long for a vacation.

  2. I’m pretty sure somewhere I still have the late 1980s Life (I think- large format for sure) magazine article about Mars colonization that absolutely obsessed me when I was a small child. I remember reading it over and over again at my grandparents house, and finally they just gave it to me. It was only about 2/3 as fanciful as the 1952 version.

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