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Old 06-02-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default The future, 1965-style

I'm a big fan of 'artist's impressions' from the '60s, '70s and '80s that show projected space hardware that never got off the ground (pun intended).

I recently picked up the 1965 book 'Man and Space', part of the 'Life' magazine Science Library, for $2.00 Aust. It contains some beautiful two-page paintings by Ed Valigursky. I apologise for the image quality - I found it difficult to scan them.


'A Twinned Vehicle That Halves Costs'


'Proposed Monsters of Outer Space'
The back end reminds me of a Chrysler (yes, the car maker) concept for a reusable orbital vehicle circa 1969.


'Camping in the Lunar Vacuum'


'Manned Mobiles for Rough Terrain'
ISTR this design - or something very like it - turned up in the 'Project SWORD' annual.
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Looking at the lunar rover, you can now see where the inspiration for the one in Diamonds Are Forever came from.
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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Looking at the lunar rover, you can now see where the inspiration for the one in Diamonds Are Forever came from.
Good call.
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Very neat pictures. Thanks for sharing!
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Interesting that he thought the LM would have a longer life than the Apollo missions
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Very cool pictures. You are not the only one who loves vintage space hardware designs, especially when the designs are paired with a great artist. Great stuff.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:27 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing these images.

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Interesting that he thought the LM would have a longer life than the Apollo missions
There were many plans to build on Apollo and a lot of designs for using Apollo hardware including modified LM ascent and descent stages. I remember a Scientific American at the time with lots of futuristic (but based on then current hardware), visions. Just a pity nothing ever came of them. I'll be lucky to live long enough to see anyone go back to the Moon.

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Awesome stuff. To me, nothing beats a good water color or oil painting. I hate CGI impressions, way too easy to create.
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Great pics!!! Have a look at the vast Astronautix.com site. Many details of the follow up to Apollo that the small brains in government made sure didn't happen. Amazing amount of info and diagrams there. But you may not come back!
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Oh yes..I had a few of those designs as toys from the Golden Astronaut line years ago...the Nova rocket pictured with the Chrysler rocket, and a variation of the pressurized 007 rover.
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