Monday, January 31, 2011

It Takes a Rocket Scientist...


Picture day! Keeping the text to a minimum , because this amazing photograph truly speaks for itself (well, that and I have writer's block... but this is still tremendously cool).

The Saturn V, at just under 50 meters, remains the largest rocket ever built by the human race... which is not to say that the rest of this collection, labeled with rocket model names and nations of origin, aren’t also fascinating!

The infamous V-2 isn’t hard to find it you remember the bumblebee colors; Sputnik’s rocket takes a bit more hunting! And does anyone remember what the Véronique was used for?

Rockets of the World
This amazing poster, still for sale at ULTIMAX, accompanied a wonderful book called Rockets of the World (1995) by physicist Peter Alway. Sadly, the only way to acquire the book now through re-sellers on Ebay or Amazon stores. Saturn Press did not print many of the first or second editions, and the tome is already out of print.

Click the photo above or click here for the full-sized vertical image (3,322×5,079 pixels!), although if you want to save your neck a few aches, I found it easier to turn the graphic. You can click here for a full-sized horizontal image.

I wish I'd had this when I made the World Space Agencies Map, I could have used some rockets for markers in each nation!