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Coloured pictorial plaque on Pioneer 10 and 11 Featured Pioneer Print

Coloured pictorial plaque on Pioneer 10 and 11

Pioneer plaque. Coloured version of a pictorial plaque attached to the exterior of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecrafts, indicating their origin in case an intelligent alien species one day examines it. The "dumb-bell" symbol at top left represents a hydrogen atom, the most common element in the Universe. Below, 14 lines radiate from our Sun to the relative positions of 14 Pulsars - cosmic sources of radio energy. Human figures, the man's hand raised in goodwill, are set against the spacecraft to give scale. At bottom is a plan of the Solar System, showing the route of a Pioneer spacecraft from Earth. Pioneer 10 and 11 left Earth in 1972 and 1973 respectively. The frequency of each Pulsar at the time of launch is quoted in binary, relative to that of the Hydrogen atom with its "1" unity symbol

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Von Brauns Mars Project, 1952 Featured Pioneer Print

Von Brauns Mars Project, 1952

This classic on space travel was first published in 1953, when interplanetary space flight was considered science fiction by most of those who considered it at all. Here the German-born scientist Wernher von Braun detailed what he believed were the problems and possibilities inherent in a projected expedition to Mars. Today von Braun is recognized as the person most responsible for laying the groundwork for public acceptance of America's space program. When President Bush directed NASA in 1989 to prepare plans for an orbiting space station, lunar research bases, and human exploration of Mars, he was largely echoing what von Braun proposed in The Mars Project."The Mars Project is timely.... von Braun's views, seen today against the debate over the role of the shuttle, the development of Space Station Freedom, and the proposal to land Earthlings on Mars early in the next century, raise questions that we still seek to answer."--Jannelle Warren-Findley, co-editor of A Documentary History of the Space AgeThe late Wernher Von Braun came to the United States in 1945, after having been chiefly responsible for the development of Germany's V-2 rockets. He was director of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Huntsville, Alabama. He received eight honorary degrees for his contributions to America's missile and space programs

© Detlev van Ravenswaay