Select illustrations from The Rocket (A Ladybird ‘How It Works’ Book). I missed out on Ladybird Books when I was a kid thus my current obsession collecting them.
A Ladybird ‘How It Works’ Book: The Rocket, series ‘654.’ Originally published in1967. Illustrated by B.H. Robinson.
Featuring a modified two-engine Navajo-type missile, Manned Orbiting Laboratory, Lunar Gemini, and Telstar 1!
Happy belated birthday to party animal Dave “Bluto” Wolf!
RUNNIN’ WITH THA DEVIL
Happy early birthday (August 26) to mechanical engineer, cosmonaut, athlete, and stone cold silver fox Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev.
Inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians dressed in clean-room suits have installed a back shell tile panel onto the Orion crew module and are checking the fit next to the middle back shell tile panel. Preparations are underway for Exploration Flight Test-1, or EFT-1.
Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to destinations not yet explored by humans, including an asteroid and Mars. It will have emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch later this year atop a Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to an altitude of 3,600 miles above the Earth’s surface. The two-orbit, four-hour flight test will help engineers evaluate the systems critical to crew safety including the heat shield, parachute system and launch abort system.
Anna Lee Fisher, the first mother in space. Pictured here in 1979 when she was selected by NASA as a candidate for space travel, Fisher is currently the oldest active American astronaut. (NASA/DoD)
Following the second successful unpowered free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, a formation of five T-38s and NASA’s 747 shuttle carrier fly overhead to salute the new addition to America’s space fleet. Edwards Air Force Base, California, September 13, 1977.
Unsuccessful launch of a Vanguard TV-3 rocket at Cape Canaveral, December 6, 1957.
This article about environmental control systems in airplanes will probably answer your question in-depth.
Scott Carpenter’s mother proudly holds up a headline about her son’s upcoming spaceflight, 3/16/62.