Friday, May 19, 2017

My Weekly Reader Oct 26 & Nov 2 1959 "Moon Gardens" & "Bounce Me a Phone Call"

More 1959 My Weekly Reader articles.

First is Oct 26 and an article about hydroponics and astronauts growing food on the Moon, plus a couple of short news items.

The second is from Nov 2 1959

An article about early satellite "reflection" of telephone and television signals.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Laika (1962)

This book is a fictional story about a "space dog".  I think they used the name Laika for recognition. I don't read Romanian (I am not even sure that is the language) but wanted to share some delightful illustrations.

 Laika the Space Dog. Teresa Noce. Illustrated by Maria Constantin. Editura Tineretului. 112 pp. 22.5 cm x 17 cm. 
 Dreaming of the sky.
 He travels to the planet of the robots.

They construct a rocket to send Laika home.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Peter's Adventure in Space (1952)

A bit of fun fiction today, a give-away comic from 1952.  These were usually generic and then the business giving them away would print information about itself on the back.

Peter's Adventure in Space 10 pp.  8"X5" 1952

The seems to have been given away by the British manufacturer: Trimsona.

Trimsona was a process or coating to make clothing easier to clean.

I like the strong coloring and style of the illustrations, making it feel like a great boy's adventure. An alien takes over a young boys and mind and makes him fly to Mars. Where he stops an invasion and keeps earth from being blown up by an enormous bomb. Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Weekly Reader Oct 12, 1959 "Flight of the Mysterious X-15"

Another "space" article but really about the X-15 and it's possible future as a space vehicle.
"The rocket ship is expected to carry the first man into space, perhaps in 1960."

"The flight will pave the way for sending a man in orbit around the earth."

Friday, April 21, 2017

"My Weekly Reader" Oct 5, 1959 "The Weather is Changing."

Oct 5, 1959

A few more space related issues of "My Weekly Reader".  This article is in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.

I recently acquired a few more issues of this "ephemeral" school newspaper.  I get consistent comments about how they are both difficult to find and bring back the "space race" many of us experienced. 

So here is an article from late 1959.

In a topical way this article is still current since it is about climate change. But back in 1959 it also discusses how someday we might control the weather with satellites.

 I do appreciate this quote: "Today the weather picture is changing faster. Man is 'helping' nature change the weather."

But more interesting in a look back from 2017 is this: "Carbon dioxide is a gas found in the air. Living things need a little carbon dioxide. Soon, there may be too much...Carbon dioxide acts like a heat trap. It is making the earth warmer."

So the fact that climate change is occuring is not a new idea, even in the late 1950s something was changing.
..."automobiles and smokestacks are changing our weather much faster than H-bombs."

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Luna 9 (1966)

Yuri's Night is April 12th, commemorating the flight of Vostok 1 in 1961, the first man in space.

For this year's posting I wanted to point out another Russian space milestone, the Luna 9 soft landing of a probe on the Moon on Feb 3 1966. To the Russian people this was a very big deal in showing their lead in the space race.

They issued a commomorative book collecting the coverage of this historic event. So here is a little space history that you may not have known. Again this was not a children's book but still a popular book at the time I am sure was in many homes and libraries.

They have a large number of editorial cartoons from the newspapers in this book but this one really says it all how exciting it was.  The number 1 event was a man in space, number 2 the sputnik launch, but the first soft landing on another planetary body was viewed as number 3 in the firsts the Soviet space program had accomplished.

A big part of the excitement was that it was able to send back pictures from the surface of the moon. It was like there was now a direct communication line with a body in the sky and many cartoons commented on this:

There was also world-wide press about the event:

It seemed to touch a nerve that this was the future of space exploration and the book included a couple of futuristic illustrations to suggest what might be next: