Has everyone heard about the POPSCI archives by now ? Popular Science put ALL their publications from the past 137 years online, free of charge! I’ve read hundreds of wonderful articles, all the way back to 1872, and blogged about I thought were historically interesting…
So far, my favorite was printed in May of 1958, just as the space race was really heating up! Dr. Israel Monroe Levitt (1908-2004) wrote a fascinating account of how America might plan and execute the monumental lunar landing… by the year 2000. Wow, we beat that by 31 years! It’s a real eye-opener to see what the bright minds of the mid-20th century thought of potential space exploration.
“Manned flight cannot be initiated in the immediate future. A tremendous volume of preliminary work must be completed first. Before we can think of landing on the moon, it will be necessary to establish a manned space station circling the Earth as a base of operations.”
Yeah, not so much.