The Great 1952 Space Program That Almost Was

In 1952, Collier’s magazine sponsored a gathering of the world’s greatest space experts who, in a series of illustrated articles, outlined one of the first comprehensive scenarios ever conceived for the exploration of space. » 7/31/13 9:25am 7/31/13 9:25am

The Space City That Could Have Been, If Not For Wernher Von Braun

During the 1950s, Darrell C. Romick, a Goodyear Aircraft engineer and an early member of the American Rocket Society's spaceflight committee, presented several visionary papers. He outlined a future world of ion propulsion, re-usable launch vehicles, manned lunar missions and permanently occupied orbital colonies » 5/10/13 9:00am 5/10/13 9:00am

Remember the time we bombed Mexico with German rockets?

Germany spent the end of the 1930s and half the 1940s inventing and perfecting missiles. They made so many, they still had a ton of them left over after the end of World War II. So of course, the leftover weapons were confiscated by the United States. And here's one of the things we did with them. » 5/11/12 1:00pm 5/11/12 1:00pm

"The fuel tank is half full": Gregory Benford on why the dream of space…

Reason Magazine just posted a must-read article from its February 2012 issue by Timescape author Gregory Benford, in which he examines the expansive dream of space exploration propounded in the early 1950s by Wernher Von Braun. And he concludes that even though NASA seems to be scaling back and our dreams of… » 1/25/12 2:49pm 1/25/12 2:49pm

1960s spacesuit designs from Wernher von Braun's science fiction novel

Most of us know Wernher von Braun as the German V-2 pioneer who went from the Nazis to NASA. But did you know he published a scifi novel with detailed spacesuit schematics? Here are some examples. » 12/04/10 9:05am 12/04/10 9:05am

1950s Rocket Sketches Envision Manned Spaceflight

Wernher von Braun may have been a bit mercenary in his political dealings » 10/18/08 8:00am 10/18/08 8:00am, but his work in astronautics and rocket design was instrumental in putting American astronauts on the moon. Between 1952 and 1954, Collier’s magazine profiled von Braun’s work in the series “Man Will Conquer Space Soon!” Next week, the…

A Cold War Musical Interlude With Tom Lehrer

Here, in a rare filmed performance from 1967 » 8/22/08 12:09pm 8/22/08 12:09pm, the brilliant political satirist, songwriter, and math professor Tom Lehrer performs his “tribute” to rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and his questionable past allegiances. Lehrer also famously set the , but alas, there isn’t a video of him singing it. If you’re…