Space Exploration in 1920: In Honor of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch – PDT3K – Science History

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.

“Falcon Heavy Test Flight.” (2018).

“Live: Starman Driving in Space After Successful Heavy Falcon Launch SpaceX Real Time Updates.” (2018, Feb 7).

Pappalardo, J. (2018, Feb 6). “Elon Musk’s Space Tesla Isn’t Going to Mars. It’s Going Somewhere More Important.” Popular Mechanics.

“Rockets to Explore Space.” (1920, Mar 13). The Literary Digest.

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