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Images that changed my life 60 years ago

Gerald W Driggers

November 26, 2013

Images that changed my life 60 years ago

The art of Chesley Bonestell was one of the few sources for accurate and detailed glimpses into the future of space travel, and they mesmerized me at 8 years old. I went on to spend my career as an Aerospace Engineer, meeting and sometimes working with von Braun, Stuhlinger, Ehricke, Clarke, Heinlein, O'Neill and other great and inspiring people. Now I write about settling Mars in The Earth-Mars Chronicles. I am a living example of the power of an image to mold a life.


Grant: 12/01/2013 06:50 CST

These exciting images appeared in Collier's magazine when I was a boy. I couldn't get enough of them. As I recall, the plan was to build a rocket in orbit, and propel the whole thing to the moon and back. The circular space station was designed to spin and produce its own gravity.

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