Going to Mars the old-style way

In 1954, Collier’s magazine published a set of articles (illustrated by the eminent artist Chesley Bonestell) in which Frank Whipple explains what possibilities there is for life on Mars, i.e., not much (the infamous “canals” get a short dimissive mention), and Wernher von Braun outlines the execution of a manned mission to the Red Planet (i.e. 70 men in ten ships that will be away for 2½ years) — link to a pdf >>>

Today, sixty years later, it is interesting to read about an almost alien vision of how the solar system is to be explored, a future that never materialized. I wonder what people in 2075 will say about NASAs current plans.

2 thoughts on “Going to Mars the old-style way

  1. Whatever the people of 2075 have to say about NASA’s plans today, hopefully a few of them will be saying it from the Martian surface.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.