HAT-Space Patrol Arcturus 41

22nd Dec 2020, 12:00 AM in HAT - Space Patrol Arcturus
HAT-Space Patrol Arcturus 41
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22nd Dec 2020, 12:00 AM
That's "Assembling the Ships for the Mars Expedition" by Chesley Bonestell, 1956 (in the first panel). I'd feel better about Musk's Mars plans if he was talking about using heavy-lift rockets to move the components into orbit and then assembling large ships for the voyage to Mars, instead of his scheme of using the 'Starship' for the entire voyage. The jobs of getting to orbit and getting from Earth orbit to Mars orbit require entirely different types of engineering. But what do I know.


22nd Dec 2020, 1:28 AM
Chesley Bonestell was all that and then some. His work turns up everywhere in science fiction films of the 50s and 60s, not to mention innumerable SF magazine covers. I own a compendium of his work and this book is just fantastic.
22nd Dec 2020, 5:50 AM
Is husband a promotion or demotion? ;-)
22nd Dec 2020, 6:57 AM
How cute, she censors her own 'dreams' :) nice touch.
22nd Dec 2020, 6:17 PM
Reminds me of Monty Python's Bicycle Tour where the guy is in a cell awaiting a firing squad, falls asleep and wakes in his back yard with his mother in front of him and exclaims,
"It was all a dream!"
Mother smiles and replies,
"No dear, this is the dream. You're back in the cell."
23rd Dec 2020, 9:17 AM
I've always considered that to be the most practical method, with fuel and supply caches sent ahead for enroute and in orbit docking.
The sheer cost and limited lift capability prior to now probably prevented that but with more lift capability now than ever before
(even without the shuttles NASA cancelled at 'bama's behest to transfer their budget to 'global warming' and hand Russia and China some much needed cash to keep the US in space)
this is on the verge of becoming practical...or it would have been before Nov, it's sort of iffy now.
13th Jan 2022, 7:11 PM
The method used in Arthur C. Clarke's "Prelude to Space"