Vintage futures: Next Stop Mars, 1952

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5 Responses to “Vintage futures: Next Stop Mars, 1952”

  1. pjcamp says:

    Come to Mars! Fall into a big ass hole!

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

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    The timetable states the basic speed as 3000 mph. That’s 1.35 km/s, or WAY less than escape velocity.

    • 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.

  3. Lady Katey says:

    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.

  4. Denniswingo says:

    Xeni, here is a picture from the same era of a nuclear/ion propulsion system designed by the scientist Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger.

    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/91721988

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