September Art Challenge: Star Trek tells us a little about their Earth's early efforts to reach space. Their moon landing mission happened in "the late 1960s". We know about the launch of a nuclear weapons platform in April 1968. We know there were six "Voyager" missions in the 1970s. We know that by 1996 Earth is able to buid the DY-100 spacecraft, and has the ability to put spacefarers in hibernation. Finally, Earth is able to launch the Nomad MK-15c interstellar probe in 2002 and that probe is equipped with magnetohydrodynamic propulsion. How did the people of that Earth pull off such feats? Well, they had the benefit of Wernher von Braun's Ultimate Space Program. In the 1950s, von Braun worked with Disney to show us a space program that could be -- now it will be your job to "imagineer" a space program that never was. Put into pictures the known and unknown bits of a space program that could accomplish things we can only dream of from the perspective of our 2007. One thing I want to do is make the contest open to the widest (and wildest) possible types of artistic presentation, so keep that in mind. Some help: Project MARS: A Technical Tale by Wernher von Braun http://www.amazon.com/Project-MARS-Wernher-von-Braun/dp/0973820330 The Dream Machines: An Illustrated History of the Spaceship in Art, Science and Literature by Ron Miller http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0894640...6476086-2120843 Michael J. Neufeld "Space superiority": Wernher von Braun's campaign for a nuclear-armed space station, 1946–1956. Space Policy 2006; 22:52–62. In an internal memo dated January 16, 1969 von Braun had confirmed to his staff that he would stay on as a Center Director at Huntsville to head the Apollo Applications Program: http://history.msfc.nasa.gov/vonbraun/announcement_4.pdf From Time, Friday, Jul. 25, 1969 "NEXT, MARS AND BEYOND" Finally, an invaluable website for those wanting to see some of what was in mind, and never came to pass: http://www.abo.fi/~mlindroo/SpaceLVs/Slides/sld001.htm Good luck!