1957 Sputnik-1 Prototype Test Model

Sputnik-1 satellite

The Soviet Union launched Sputnik-1 on October the 5th, 1957 and in so doing kicked the Space Race into high gear – where it would remain for over a decade until the Americans landed Buzz and Neil on the Moon in 1969 and took the crown. This Sputnik-1 model was built in 1957 as a…

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A Century In The Sky: A Timeline Of American Flight

boeing

A Century In The Sky is a timeline of the history of Boeing, the American aerospace giant that’s turning 100 years old this year. The 20th century saw the invention of powered flight in 1903, and the next 97 years were characterised by the lightning fast development of aircraft – often further accelerated in times of war…

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The Engineering of Star Wars by Hans Jenssen

Star Wars by Hans Jenssen

Hans Jenssen is a staggeringly talented artist who was contracted by the team behind Star Wars in 1997 to create a series of hand-drawn illustrations of the inner engineering of various Star Wars vehicles and scenes. The fact that Hans doesn’t use any software or other digital means to create his work seems almost antiquated…

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Moon-Worn Apollo 15 Chronograph

Bulova Moon Watch

Bulova and Omega were in a heated battle during the early years of the Space Race to become the official chronograph used in space and eventually worn on the surface of the Moon. As is well known, Omega won the battle and specially prepared Speedmasters were worn by all Apollo astronauts. What isn’t as widely…

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Moonwalk One

Moonwalk One Film

Moonwalk One is a film that started production 18 months before the launch of Apollo 11, NASA wanted the mission recorded for posterity and so they hired Francis Thompson to head the project, who was widely considered to be the best documentary filmmaker in the USA at the time. In 1970 the population of the…

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The Art Of Michael Kagan

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Michael Kagan is an artist with a unique style that tends to appeal to people who are otherwise not particularly interested in art, especially those with an interest in engineering, machines and flight. In order to see the images in Kagan’s paintings you typically have to stand a few feet back from the canvas, if…

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Apollo 12 Moon Flag

American Moon Flag Apollo

This American flag was onboard Apollo 12 for the entirety of its mission to the Moon in November of 1969, it’s made of silk and has the signature of Alan L. Bean in the lower right corner – Bean was the Lunar Module Pilot for the mission, which also happened to be his first time…

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Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual

Apollo 13 Owners Workshop Manual

The Apollo 13 Owners’ Workshop Manual is one of the most detailed and reader-friendly books about the Apollo 13 mission currently in print. It’s the work of David Baker – a veteran of the Apollo Space Program and a man who was actually in the room working with the other engineers on the consumables calculations…

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Death Star Owner’s Manual

Death Star Owner's Technical Manual Cover

The Death Star Owner’s Manual is an essential book for any current or aspiring Death Star owner, it was written by global Star Wars authorities Chris Reiff, Ryder Windham and Chris Trevas, and includes remarkably detailed illustrations of the death Star’s internal workings. As with all Haynes manuals, the Death Star Owner’s Manual contains everything you…

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Apollo 11 Parade Wallpapers

Apollo 11 Parade

This Apollo 11 parade wallpaper is a wonderful astronaut eye-view of a classic American ticker-tape parade. It’s thought that the first ever ticker tape parade took place in New York on October the 28th 1886 during the dedication of the Statue of Liberty – it was a spontaneous celebration caused by a stockbroker flinging reels of stock…

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Charts To Begin A Journey To The Moon

Charts To Begin A Journey To The Moon

“Charts To Begin A Journey To The Moon” is a collection of 3 Apollo 11 era NASA charts used by the astronauts in the lead up to the first manned mission to the moon. Each of the charts has been inscribed by Buzz Aldrin – sheet one is signed by Buzz with “LMP” added, sheet…

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Cosmonaut Survival Machete

COSMONAUT SURVIVAL MACHETE

It isn’t every day you get the chance to buy an original Soviet Cosmonaut Survival Machete but I’m here to tell you that today is just such a day. Or more accurately, such a day will happen on the 8th of April at the Bonhams Space History Sale in New York. All Soviet cosmonauts were…

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