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Rocket Ship (1956)

This cross section of a rocket ship appeared in the 1956 book The Complete Book of Space Travel. The space suit we looked at back in December can be seen hanging up at the rear of the ship.

See also:
The Complete Book of Space Travel (1956)
Wernher von Braun's Space Shuttle (1950s)
Space Suit (1956)
Challenge of Outer Space (circa 1950s)
Closer Than We Think! Space Coveralls (1960)

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Clean-cut athletic dudes in freefall, lounging about in shorts. Rawr!!!

This picture taps into deeply hidden, disturbingly Heinlein-associated parts of my libido. Disconcerting!

February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBritt

It's interesting that the up-and-down orientation of the ship is 90 degrees to the direction of thrust. It's more like a Navy destroyer than a spaceship, and those bunks aren't going to do them much good during acceleration.

February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The positions of the "astronauts" are striking -- something about their poses reminds me of nudes in paintings! (see, e.g., Velazquez)

February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

What are those three guys on the lower deck up to?
They've clearly been alone in space too long.

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

The homoerotic potential here is, er, enormous, indeed. How many of you also noticed the unclothed leg sticking out of the captain's chair in the fold?

Still, interesting prediction vis a vis flatscreen monitors. (Betcha didn't notice those, did ya?)

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

You'd think they would've made that lower level a little taller. No one can do anything BUT lay down in there. Very sadistic living quarters I must say.

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Schluss

Sweet! I feel like putting on my chaps!

February 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAwesome Mustache

Uncountable tiny, tiny dots everywhere-- that's the signature of the great Virgil Finlay.

(The other signature of the great Virgil Finlay appears in the bottom right corner, of course.)


February 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBill Higgins-- Beam Jockey

Reminds me more of a submarine than a rocketship.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

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