Weightless  in  orbit  1,075  miles  above  earth,  workers  in  space  suits  assemble  three  moon  ships.  Hawaiian  Islands  lie  below.  Winged  transports  unload

Man  on  the  Moon

THE JOURNEY

By Dr. WERNHER von BRAUN

Technical Director, Army Ordnance Guided Missiles Development
Group, Redstone Arsenal, Hunstville, Alabama

For  five  days,  the  expedition  speeds  through  space  on  its  historic  voyage
—50    men    on    three    ungainly    craft,   bound    for   the    great   unknown


HERE is how we shall go to the moon. The pioneer expedition, 50 scientists and tech- nicians, will take of from the space sta- tion’s orbit in three clumsy-looking but highly efficient rocket ships. They won’t be streamlined: all travel will be in space, where there is no air to impede motion. Two will be loaded with propellant for the five-day, 239,000-mile trip and the return journey. The third, which will not return, will carry only enough propellant for a one-way trip; the extra room will be filled with supplies and equipment for the scientists’ six-week stay.
    On the outward voyage, the rocket ships will hit a top speed of 19,500 miles per hour about 33 minutes after departure. Then the motors will be stopped, and the ships will fall the rest of the way to the moon.

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