Rocket Porn Sexes Up The Space ShuttleS

Why is there a rocket racing ahead of the space shuttle in this 1971 Tang ad? Maybe it's because the sleek-but-functional space shuttle concept art just doesn't look scifi enough on its own. Or maybe this is a symbolic baton-passing from the Apollo missions to the coming shuttle era. Either way, the space shuttle didn't look nearly this vivid and space-opera by the time it actually existed. Image by Wishbook. [Fanboy.com]