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THE MAN WHO CORRUPTED EARTH (circa 1980)

MAN WHO CORRUPTED EARTH BOOK  COVER

THE MAN WHO CORRUPTED EARTH by G.C. Edmondson, Copyright 1980 by G.C. Edmondson, Published by ACE BOOKS


DISCUSSION

The cover of THE MAN WHO CORRUPTED EARTH depicts a redesigned space shuttle system. The artist includes the characteristic solid rocket boosters (SRBs) as well as the space shuttle main engines (SSMEs). The SRBs, in the drawing, serve as orbital maneuvering engines. This configuration is altogether opposite of the NASA launch system. SRBs are used only at liftoff, and are much too powerful for orbital maneuvering. Less than two minutes into the mission, they are jettisoned. Additionally, the SSMEs require the massive external tank (ET) for their fuel source. No ET is drawn on the cover of THE MAN WHO CORRUPTED EARTH. It is doubtful that such a space shuttle configuration would be capable of space propulsion in the fashion shown. For a description of the actual space shuttle's systems click here.


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Automation, Robotics and Simulation Division, Walter W. Guy, Chief.

Picture of the logo of NASA Johnson Space Center's Automation, Robotics, and 
Simulation Division.  The logo depicts a robot extended arm and hand.  The robotic 
hand holds Mars in its grasp.