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Space Station (1956)

Today's retro-futuristic eye candy comes from the 1956 book The Complete Book of Space Travel. This donut-shaped space station, popularized by Wernher von Braun, popped up on TV, in films and even on lunch boxes. Do the kids these days still carry lunch boxes? I really have no idea. I vaguely recall carrying an ALF lunch box to school, but I may be stealing that memory from a Full House episode or something.


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I have this book!My dad bought it for me in the 70's, as I recall at a used book seller.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Apparently, if I recall correctly, the donut shaped space station's shape lent itself in providing universal, near-earth gravity. Classic.

Today's ISS has localized areas that have gravity (mainly for research) aside from the microgravity inherent in the system, if I am correct in my research.

We used to take paper lunch bags to school. Now I carry a canvass (backpack material?) lunch kids use those, too.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarley

They sold plastic model kits of those too. I made one.

July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRodger C

What I like about this picture is that there are a fairly large number of other spacecraft servicing/building the station. Each with a different purpose. We multi-task our machines too much now days :).

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarley

We put the lunch boxes in our backpacks.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I bought a lenticular 3-D postcard in the 60's with a design very similar:

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrederick

Little did they imagine the real "space station" would be nothing more than a pressurized Habi-Trail.

August 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeace of Eight

Today's ISS has localized areas that have gravity (mainly for research) aside from the microgravity inherent in the system, if I am correct in my research.

It doesn't. Centrifugal gravity was planned for one of the modules, but it was canned due to budget cuts.


August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVex

This is another thing they promised us by 2001!

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August 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraberclombie

Very funny blog , i love it : "The is today"

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered

oups !! the futur is today

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered

Somehow I'm reminded of the station from 2001: Space Odyssey :P

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXamuel

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