GALLERY OF TOM SWIFT SPACE BOOKS

TOM SWIFT AND HIS OUTPOST IN SPACE

TOM SWIFT OUTPOST IN SPACE COVER

Copyright, 1955, by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.


DISCUSSION

Tom Swift's space station features a rocket ship hub for docking as many as twelve rockets at a space outpost. The above cover artwork reveals some technical oversights. Note the crewman egressing from a hatch in the rocket's fuel tank / engine compartment. This would be impossible. Though the astronauts are weightless, the tool bearing spaceman stands erect near the hatch as though standing on Earth. The claim is often made that the astronaut wears magnetic grappling space boots. If this were the case, the floating astronaut also would be standing erect on the ship's fuselage. Three of the four space workers have no safety teathers. Since they, also, lack a manned maneuvering unit (MMU), they are in grave danger of being lost in space.


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