Curiosity, a 2.5 billion dollar mobile science laboratory is scheduled to land on the Red Planet tonight with a high stakes, no margin for error descent. So I thought I’d share this image from the 1950’s when our curiosity about space was focused on the distance. It shows an airplane linked to Mars and explains that it would take 55 years for that airplane to get to Mars going 100 m.p.h. It’s a good thing the Curiosity spacecraft can go 13,200 m.p.h. to cover the 350 million miles!
From the same era comes a print of astrological phenomena: