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:

Friday, March 24, 2017

A House in Space (1974)

It is harder and harder to find English language children's books that I have not shared before.  I still have a number stored to go through but in the meantime I keep finding new Russian ones. This one is a beauty since it highlights the Russian space shuttle.

House in space. M. Rebrov. Illustrated by Penny Yu.  28 pp. 1974 Pochemuchkiny Books series.

According to the seller: "The story of how Olga with her mother flew to visit "Papa", who runs the installer space on the space station."

 Note that the illustrations of the launch vehicle don't seem to show a shuttle attached :)

 I am using this one above as my current screensaver.

Really nice illustrations of a visit to a space station.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boy's Life December 1960

So a nostalgic bit of ephemera from the early 1960s.  Boy's Life magazine was a regular with any boy who was a Cub or Boy Scout. It was an automatic subscription with your annual membership fee but it was also pretty interesting. So here are two space related features from the December 1960 issue.

The first is how merit badges may lead to a career in space flight:

No irony intended, it is facinating how "the race for the conquest of space" was promoted to children.
The second is a regular featured comic strip in Boy's Life called "Space Conquerers!"  This was a memorable feature which depicted a scientific bend to its fictional tales of space exploration. In this one they are attempting to explore Mercury with a remote probe.

This blog page give more information about the strip and links to many of the strips online.