Friday, December 8, 2017

Ott in Space (1979)

A little late for my usual date range but this 1979 Russian storybook is too fun to miss.  And the story is actually from 1961 and  helped me discover a delightful spaceflight film for children.

The book is based on (from my "Googling" level of research) a 1961 Estonian stop-motion children's film 
"Ott in Space "  since the images seem very much the same.

Ott in space. Nijt Jellen. 1979. 19 pp. 13 x 21 cm. Softcover.

Here is the back cover if any of my readers can translate more information.

Basically Ott grows bored in school and decides to explore space for himself.

 He has stylized adventures on a couple of planets including Mars after escaping a lion he encounters on Earth and some grumpy penguins when he goes off course.

 He wishes he had listened better in school as he tries to figure out how to read the manual and find his way home.
 And Mars of course.

He now loves to study planetary physics, geography, and engineering. THE END

Friday, December 1, 2017

Who is Stronger, Who is Better? (1963)

A nice children's book from Russia. It seems to be a collect of fictional stories of which one is about a trip to the moon with a pickle and two elves (fairies?)  (Would I lie to you?)

Who is stronger, who is better. V. Rosin. Moscow: Ditvydav 122 p. 22 cm. 1963.

 Note that they find remnants of the 1959 Luna 2 probe : (The spacecraft carried Soviet pennants. Two of them, located in the spacecraft, were sphere-shaped, with the surface covered by identical pentagonal elements. In the center was an explosive charge designed to shatter the sphere, sending the pentagonal shields in all directions. Each pentagonal element was made of stainless steel and had the USSR Coat of Arms and the Cyrillic letters СССР ("USSR") engraved on one side, and the words СССР январь 1959 ("USSR January 1959") on the other side.)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Tsiolkovsky (1964)

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky was a Soviet pioneer of spaceflight ideas similar to America's Robert Goddard.  Many of the children's books published in Russia point to him and his influence proudly.  Here is a 1964 book totally devoted to his life and his influence on the 1960s space program.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Children's Digest "The Perils of Space" (Sept 1961)

There were a number of magazines for children in the 1950s and 1960s. Those of us who grew up at that time remember these as home reading (gifted by relatives), summer reading, or supplemental reading in school (or doctor's and dentist's offices).

Children Digest Sept 1961 "The Perils of Space" Mortimer Lawrence. Illustrated by Dave Klein. From:

W. Lawrence. Illustrated with photographs. New York: Coward·McCann, Inc. 210 Madison Ave., 1960. pp. 121.

 I appreciate his expression, "Gs" aren't fun.

Radiation in between does not worry an astronaut that much. If he is flying fast enough, all it can do is bleach his hair!

 I am not sure how long it would take for a rocket ship to "wear away" even if it is a hazard.

A nice snapshot of what the space race felt like at the time.