Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986)
defined realistic space art in the 1950ís with his
images of planetscapes and space flight. He was the
first to portray space and space flight in a realistic
manner. He molded public perception of space travel and
has inspired countless artists down to the present.
Bonestell illustrated several books
on spaceflight and a seminal series of articles in
Collierís magazine, a popular weekly magazine of the
time, written by the acknowledged authorities in the
field of rocketry and space travel.
Bonestellís work also appeared in
several motion pictures, most notably those of George
Pal in the early to mid-1950ís.
The images included here are from a
proposed trip to Mars and reflect the knowledge and
technology of the day.
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