View of Earth from orbit taken during the Apollo 11 mission. Image: NASA

Apollo 11 at 50: The Race to the Moon – The Journey to the Moon

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 toContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The Race to the Moon – The Journey to the Moon

Apollo 11 Illustration from the Daily Mirror by Frank Bellamy, published 11th July 1969. Via the Frank Bellamy Checklist

Apollo 11 at 50: The First Moon Landing, illustrated by Frank Bellamy

Americans would have us believe that Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969 because they saw it happen in their late evening. However, 50 years ago today, British audiences saw it happen in the early hours of 21st July 1969. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote aContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The First Moon Landing, illustrated by Frank Bellamy

Race into Space Brooke Bond Card - Apollo 11 Mission - Columbia and Eagle

Apollo 11 at 50: Half Way to the Moon

50 years ago today, Apollo 11 and its crew were at the half way stage in their journey from Earth orbit to lunar orbit in their Command Service Module, Columbia. 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 comicsContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: Half Way to the Moon

Race into Space Brooke Bond Card - Lunar Colony

Apollo 11 at 50: Whatever Happened to the Space Race?

As the Apollo 11 Command Service Module covered the quarter of a million miles back from the Moon back to the Earth, NASA had big plans for the Moon, with Apollo only being the first step. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration series of articles marking the ApolloContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: Whatever Happened to the Space Race?

“Constant Scale” offers artist Roy Cross “Dogfight Doubles” guide

The latest issue of the Airfix Collectors’ Club magazine Constant Scale is out with an updated version of downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs article on Eagle/Swift artist Roy Cross’ Airfix “Dogfight Doubles” kit series getting the cover. The article originally featured on Steve Holland’s Bear Alley over five years ago, but Constant Scale editor Jeremy BrookContinue reading “Constant Scale” offers artist Roy Cross “Dogfight Doubles” guide