The dream of space travel has been haunting the minds of puny humans for perhaps as long as we have been able to gaze up at the stars and the Moon. We have the privilege of knowing that just such an accomplishment is possible, but it has not always been this way. At the American Museum of Natural History, back in 1950, “the Museum’s Hayden Planetarium began accepting reservations for the first trip into space as part of a publicity campaign for its exhibition Conquest of Space. Letters poured in from around the world with requests to book trips to the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and beyond, capturing the public’s passion and curiosity for space exploration.” The Planetarium has shared some of these letters on the web, so take a look at a sample, and check out the whole set on Flickr — The Hayden Letters Set.
Discovered via highpowerrocketry.blogspot.com.