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