Friday, February 13, 2009
"Rare Walt Disney Space series from 1955, speculating about going into Space. Remember, more than 50 years ago, Sputnik hadn't even gone up yet!
This intro to the video is done by Disney afficionado, film critic Leonard Maltin!"
These are the first three of 8 youtube video clips from this show. Watch the whole playlist if you have time, it is great fun. There are some obvious mistakes, but overall this shows that years before the first flights to orbit, the basics were already in place. There was a substantial lull in activity after WWII and before 1957. Yes rocketry had ramped up in this time, but given the capability and the theoretical knowledge, few were really trying all that hard to attempt orbit. The simple satellite proposed in one of these clips is a great design, and one that could have been flown even sooner than Explorer in early 1958.