David Bowie wasn’t the only icon we lost in the past few days. André Courrèges, the indelible Parisian fashion designer who helped to define the Space Age, also died late last week. Courrèges’ designs formed a huge part of what we think of as “futuristic” sixties fashion, and our ideas of what people would wear in…
What if there was a blogger tackling the history of science fiction at the end of the Golden Age, as it happened? It would look a lot like the Galactic Journey blog, over on Dreamwidth.
Throughout the world, the Space Age was known for its beautiful, bold architecture, full of swooshy curves and spaceship-shaped buildings. But some of the most vibrant and retro-futuristic buildings of the Space Age can be found in Africa. Here are the most amazing architectural achievements from Space-Age Africa.
I am sick of hearing people say that the Space Age is "over" because we haven't sent humans back to the Moon. Seriously? That's your complaint? You people need to shut the hell up, and this gorgeous picture of Saturn taken by Cassini is just one reason why.
If you've spent a lot of time in Asia, you're probably familiar with the Tuk-Tuk, a three-wheeled buggy that's commonly used for taxi services. They're noisy, smelly and environmentally unsound. But one Japanese company has plans to replace them with space-age-looking electric vehicles.
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik and gave the United States a run for its money in the Space Race. But after the U.S.S.R. went under, all of its brilliant Space Age facilities were left to crumble. Looking at the ruins is like gazing at a fallen space empire.
The era of "Googie" design and architecture is half a century ago — but in many ways, it feels fresher than anything that's come along since. The optimism and brightness that comes out of these buildings and their facades still shines out like a sign of what humans are capable of when we believe. To see these Space…
On October 29, 1933, the London Sunday Referee published a report from Rugen, an island in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Germany. Someone named Otto Fischer had flown inside a 24-foot steel rocket, to an altitude of six miles. Were the Germans really testing out a rocket that could carry people, nearly three…
With the final Space Shuttle flight launching a week from today, the Economist wonders if this is the end of the Space Age:
This image from NASA shows the Space Shuttle Endeavor waiting on the launch pad last night, with lightning streaking the sky. In 48 hours (delayed from this afternoon), the final launch of the Endeavor will mark the end of the Space Shuttle program.
This is steampunk turned inside-out. In the early 1960s, illustrator Peter P. Plascencia wanted to bring Jules Verne's ninteenth century visions to life for a Space Age audience. So he trimmed all the curlicues off, de-bronzed everything, and gave us these very Mad Men-looking pictures of a Verne adventure.
Even Lady Gaga can't make space age fashions cool again. She wore a bubble dress based on Pierre Cardin's designs last year, making waves. But when Cardin tried to bring back space-age fashions at Paris Fashion Week, but people sneered.
The postage stamps of the 1950s and 1960s, from all over the world, are full of hope for the future. There are Soviet rockets, Nigerian stamps showing "the peaceful use of outer space," and Israeli paeans to industry.
Back when the conquest of space was still a thrilling new prospect and the Moon landing seemed certain to lead to a Moonbase, educational book covers celebrated the wonders of the stars. Here are some of our splashy, exciting favorites.
China plans to launch 15 rockets, 17 satellites and a crewed spaceship during 2008. But that's not going to be enough to scare the United States into launching a new space race. And the U.S. really, really needs a new space race to get us to take space exploration seriously again.
The first person on Mars may be a woman, says a Kansas op-ed. For the first time ever, two female space shuttle commanders on separate missions met up in space. But NASA is facing questions about its plans to end the space shuttle program in 2010. [Kansas.com, KHOU.com]