May 29, 2013

Before there was Virgin Galactic: Wernher von Braun's 'Space Station' Design from 1952

Surf’s up baby! Are you ready to ride some waves?
Man will conquer space soon.

Pictured above are some of the brightest minds of the space age movement at the dawn of the space race in 1952 with their visionary drawings of the predecessor of the International Space Station (which would be launched almost 50 years later in 1998). Take a look again. This was 1952! The color TV hadn’t even been introduced yet and it would take another 17 years before men would set foot on the moon…

Some of the scientists and illustrators who took part in the pictured symposium organized by Collier’s (left to right): Rolf Klep, Willy Ley, Dr. Heinz Haber, Dr. Wernher von Braun (the pictured International Space Station is attributed to Mr. Von Braun, an avid fan of Space Travel), Dr. Fred L. Whipple and Chesley Bonestell.

It is obvious that Stanley Kubrick was inspired by the above drawings when he created his “2001: A Space Odyssey”; a Stardust favorite.