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Fantasy Science Fiction (September 1953 Issue)

FANTASY SCIENCE FICTION SEPTEMBER 1953 
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Copyright, 1953, by Fantasy House, Inc.


DISCUSSION

The artwork above is a rendering of a "space ship over base on Ariel, Uranus in background." The artist is Jack Coggins. The remarkable aspect of the above picture is its likeness to the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module of the 1960s. The engine and four landing legs appear to be part of a descent stage structure. The ball-like ascent stage sits atop the vehicle much like the lunar lander's ascent stage. Additionally, the lander's legs are hinged for deployment prior to landing much like the Apollo lander's gear was deployed after it was unstowed from the Saturn V launch/ferry configuration. Even the positioning of a parabolic antenna on the ascent stage is similar to the Grumman built Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). Unfortunately, the artist has neglected to include orientation thrusters which enabled Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin to land safely on the Moon.


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