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In the Late Fifties and Early Sixties NASA asked all its contractors to tender proposals for methods of landing man on the Moon. The following black and white glossy photographs are from a proposal made and presented to NASA, circa 1960, by Aerojet General Corporation. Aerojet General was a major contractor to NASA and supplied rocket engines and rocket components. They were the contractors that supplied NASA with all the Atlas Delta second stage configurations. So as I have said, "They Were Very Serious About This" :o)

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Mission Overview

 

 

12-Man Mission Lunar Landing Site

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-269

Aerojet General Corporation's lead photograph to open the presentation of their 12 Man Lunar Mission. This is a graphic view of the proposed landing site. Look at the caption above, I used this as an opening to the gallery. The object at the bottom of the view is an astronaut during an EVA with the round object on his head. The above caption gives a larger view of this ... and again - They Were Serious About This !

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacuum Chamber Complex

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-268

Aerojet version of a lunar colony called the Vacuum Chamber Complex for Earthbound Equipment Testing and Crew Training Exercises.

Specifications called for 125-ft Domes and a system of tunnels, offices, laboratories, shops and even a Mars Voyage Simulator. The two larger domes seen with the cut-away would house the lunar landing vehicles and Non Return Cargo Carriers. A timetable is given for each dome and all were to be completed by 1964.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crew And Cargo Complement

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-266

Specifications are given in this illustration for Scientific and Support Crews with primary equipment for life support, power, communications and the gas propelled MOONMOBILE. You will see this wonderful piece of equipment further along in this presentation  :o)

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round Trip Passenger And Cargo Carrier

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-267

Aerojet's Lunar Module or 4 Man Round Trip and Non-Return Cargo Carrier. The 4 man round trip carrier is somewhat like our Lunar Module. The Non-Return Carrier is just as it is called. It would remain after delivering its cargo. I would have asked them the question  "How many would be left lying around after delivering all that would be required to build the Vacuum Complex :o)

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Landing Site Crater Gruithuisen

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-270

Aerojet's proposal was to land at Crater Gruithuisen and make a 500 mile round trip to Aristarchus. Again I must say "They Were Serious About This" Check out the next photograph  :o)

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey To Aristarchus

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 761-947

Illustration depicting a 500 mile moonmobile round trip expedition to Aristarchus. Impossible you say ? wait until you see the fantastic gas propelled  MOONMOBILE  further on in the presentation. 

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth-Moon-Sun Configuration ?

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-265

Ok .. you can go to the moon during the daytime ... can't you ? 

What they are proposing here is lunar landings must be 1 day before local sunset at landing site and lunar takeoff's must be 1 day after local sunrise at landing site. WHY you ask ? Well to avoid the sun's proton streams of course. They will turn you blue :o)

I quote the caption in the photograph "Radiation does not curve around to hit dark-side of Moon. 

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

Now For The Really Good Stuff

Space Suit And The "MOONMOBILE"

 

 

 

 

Integrated Space Suit & Moonmobile

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-263

This is a general diagram of the proposed Space Suit with the Moonmobile to carry Oxygen, Water and Power supply. The best bit is the Space Suit has a Bumper.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Suit MK-1

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-271

A five pane view of this most practical Spacesuit. A view of the internal Controls, Getting in, Walking and Sleeping Configuration. Look at the last line of the text given in the photograph ... It has its own Cooking Facilities. You know .. on that 500 mile Expedition .. when you get hungry you can whip up a quick hamburger. And do not forget the iron tripod, you will need this for a good night sleep. Larger views are next ....

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting In Space Suit MK-1

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-420

OK.. we have our step ladder and iron tripod and Mac to hand me the hood ... wait a minuet .. How the bloody hell do I get out of this thing !

Do ya see the bumper around the neck part. Just in case there is a traffic jam and you do not stop in time ..

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Suit MK-1 With Push Button Controls

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-417

A spacesuit with all the modern push button conveniences and a remote control device so you can drive it without a body inside.

Hey Mac ! Where is the cooker in this thing ?

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Suit MK-1 Side View

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-419

If only Robbie The Robot could see me now.

Hey Mac ! Where are the toilets in this thing ?

Down the left leg and turn right.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Suit MK-1 Number 8

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-421

Hey Mac ! Does my bum look big in this suit ?

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in good condition with a cracked upper left hand corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bed Time In The MK-1 Space Suit

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-418

Ah yes .. it has been a hard day on the 500 mile expedition to Aristarchus. I think I will just kick back and watch a bit of TV before turning in.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Man Moonmobile

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-264

5 views of the mighty MOONMOBILE.

This one even has a sleeper compartment. See lower right panel. Only if you book first class.

Full size photographs of each panel coming right up.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unmanned Moonmobile Configuration

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-424

Unmanned configuration with TV Remote for guidance. Designed as a core driller.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving Lunar Base

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-422

OK Mac.. You drive I going to walk. Its only 250 miles to Aristarchus

This wonderful moon vehicle has no engine as it is designed to be propelled by pressurized gas.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival At Aristarchus

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-425

No no no Mac, I told you Aristarchus is this way.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returning To Base

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-423

Shut up Mac .. No back seat driving please.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear Passenger Sleep Mode

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 961-426

OK Mac.. You drive for a while. I'm going to take a nap.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunar Negotiable Terrain

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 761-948

A very detailed illustration of how the mighty Moonmobile will traverse any terrain.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moommobile Weight Estimates

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy Photograph

No. 861-272

Brilliant facts and figures giving vital preliminary weights of the moonmobile. I wonder if it has Sky or Cable TV.

On the left side we see the diagram of the up coming MK III Moonmobile.

This fine 1960 vintage glossy photo is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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