The Italian Almanac


Yesterday's Future

A collection of cards about the future, from an album probably published in the late '50s or early '60s. Courtesy of Claudio Angeleri.

World of the Future

Russian rocket

A three stages interplanetary Russian rocket. This rocket was used to launch the first artificial satellite from Earth. The satellite weight was 83 kilos.


The first satellite, named Sputnik by Soviet scientists, was equipped with a little radio transmitting encrypted signals.

air rocket

Project of an American air-rocket prototype for space travels. In theory it could take a man to a 300 km altitude. It's built with very hard metals.

Sputnik II

A picture of Sputnik II which shows how the equipment and the little dog Laika were housed. Sputnik II reached an altitude of 483,700 meters.


During its space travel Laika, the little dog, was covered by an armor to let her breath. The hoses linked to the mask were used to feed the animal.


Explorer was the first American satellite, launched after the Soviet one. We can see it in action while the first rocket on the left, spent all its fuel, is boosting the second rocket.


The Explorer again: here we have the separation between first and second rocket (every rocket is really a cluster of rockets).


The Explorer after the 4th stage, when the "satelloid" is placed on its orbit by a single rocket and left on its own.

airship and space station

Airships headed to the moon will use, in the future, rest-stations placed on satellites properly launched and steadied in space.

supposed to reach the moon

In 1958 the first artificial satellite supposed to reach the moon was launched from Cape Canaveral. The experiment failed but nonetheless offered precious data to the scientific community.

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