It’s Valentine’s Day, and this is a valentine to humanity, sort of. In honor of last week’s Falcon Heavy Launch by SpaceX, we’re reading a space exploration article from 1920. What was it like to imagine reaching space at such an early date? Let’s find out together in this episode of Public Domain Theater 3000.
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Bowie, D. (1971). “Life On Mars.” [Recorded by David Bowie]. On Hunky Dory. London: Trident Studios.
Bowie, D. (1969). “Space Oddity.” [Recorded by David Bowie]. On Space Oddity. London: Trident Studios.
Dockril, P. (2018, Feb 12). “SpaceX Hid a Secret Payload Aboard Falcon Heavy, and It Sounds Amazing.” Science Alert. https://www.sciencealert.com/spacex-launched-second-secret-payload-designed-last-millions-years-tesla-arch
“Falcon Heavy Test Flight.” (2018). SpaceX.com. http://www.spacex.com/webcast
“Live: Starman Driving in Space After Successful Heavy Falcon Launch SpaceX Real Time Updates.” (2018, Feb 7). Youtube.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3niFzo5VLI
Pappalardo, J. (2018, Feb 6). “Elon Musk’s Space Tesla Isn’t Going to Mars. It’s Going Somewhere More Important.” Popular Mechanics. https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a16571489/elon-musk-space-tesla-mars/
“Rockets to Explore Space.” (1920, Mar 13). The Literary Digest. http://unz.org/Pub/LiteraryDigest-1920mar13-00028