50 years ago today, Apollo 11 and its crew were on the first day of their journey from Earth orbit to lunar orbit. As much as science fiction stories suggest that space travel is fast, in reality the distances involved are so enormous that it does take time – it would take three days to cross the quarter of a million miles to the Moon.
10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration series of articles marking the Apollo 11 mission, featuring contemporary British comics and illustrations – and you can read his 17th July 1969 entry here, which spotlights the book, Rockets and Spacecraft Book 1, published by Orbit Books in the 1960s.
You might also want to check out our other 40th Anniversary celebration of the first Moon Landing: “Moon Landing 40th Anniversary: A Comics Celebration” – a small gallery of illustrations and comic art inspired by space exploration by comic creators such as Graeme Neil Reid and Dave Taylor.
• The Space Race from Audible on Amazon (Affiliate Link)
• “Moon Landing 40th Anniversary: A Comics Celebration” Gallery on Flickr
[amazon_link asins=’B07L6S8XTJ,0374531943,158834309X,B07SXC2NHF,1541452720,B00G7G4EPI,B07N89WX78,B00JMQR448′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’downthetubes’ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’388ce211-a4b7-48a5-95ec-bacbad30d8c5′]