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Apollo 6 Command Module (CM-020)

The uncrewed Apollo 6 test flight was launched on April 4, 1968. The spacecraft is currently on display at the Fernbank Science Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photos: Greg Fieser, 2018)

Apollo 6 Exterior

Apollo 6 Capsule. Apollo 6 front. Apollo 6 side hatch. Apollo 6 drogue mortars. Apollo 6 drogue mortars. Apollo 6 forward. Apollo 6 optics. Apollo 6 detail. Apollo 6 thrusters.

Apollo 6 Interior

Apollo 6 left side of control panel. Apollo 6 control panel. Apollo 6 right side of control panel. Apollo 6 center of control panel. Apollo 6 interior, left. Apollo 6 interior. Apollo 6 interior, right. Apollo 6 interior. Apollo 6 interior. Apollo 6 floor. Apollo 6 interior. Apollo 6 interior. Apollo 6 wiring. Apollo 6 wiring.

Apollo 6 Umbilical Connections

Apollo 6 umbilical connection. Apollo 6 umbilical connection details. Apollo 6 umbilical connection bottom.

Posted 7 September 2020

Updated Illustration and New Photos Added

Rockets that have Launched Humans into Orbit
Rockets that have Launched Humans into Orbit
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Rockets for Humans Spaceflight

My illustration, showing all rockets that have carried humans into orbit, has been updated to include the Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon.

Photos Added

Apollo Lunar Module Ascent Engine

The following photos were taken at the EAA Museum. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2017)

Top of lunar module ascent engine. Lunar module ascent engine details. Side view of lunar module ascent engine. Lunar module ascent engine. Lunar module ascent engine bell.

Apollo 15 Command Module

The following photos were taken at the National Museum of the US Air Force. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2018)

Hatch on Apollo 15 capsule. Apollo 15 capsule. Right side of Apollo 15 capsule. Apollo 15 capsule. Sextant on Apollo 15 capsule. Left side of Apollo 15 capsule. Apollo 15 capsule.

Posted 7 June 2020

Artwork Updates

SpaceX Falcon Family of Rockets Illustration Updated

Illustration of SpaceX Falcon rockets.
SpaceX Falcon Rockets
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Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon has now been added to the Falcon rockets graphic.


ISS Visiting Vehicle Illustrations Updated

Comparison of several ISS supply vehicles.
Comparison of ISS Crew and Cargo Vehicles
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The ISS Visiting Vehicle illustration now includes updated graphics for Crew Dragon and Dream Chaser.

The Interactive ISS Visiting Vehicle Illustration Tool has also been updated with the improved artwork.


Posted 6 July 2019

New Photos Added

Titan IVB Rocket Photos

Images of the Titan IVB rocket on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force have been added to the Titan Rockets page. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2018)

Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket. Titan IVB rocket.
Titan IVB solid rocket motor. Titan IVB solid rocket motor. Titan IVB solid rocket motor. Titan IVB solid rocket motor. Titan IVB solid rocket motor. Titan IVB payload fairing. Titan IVB payload fairing.
Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB rocket engines. Titan IVB solid rocket motor base.

Agena-D Photos

Images of the Agena-D stage, on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force have been added to the Upper Stages page. (Photos: Richard Kruse, 2018)

Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage.
Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage. Agena-D upper stage.

Posted 4 February 2019

New Artwork

SpaceX Falcon Family of Rockets Illustration Updated

Illustration of SpaceX Falcon rockets.
SpaceX Falcon Rockets
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I have added the Falcon 9 Block-5 to the Falcon rockets graphic.


Posted 15 May 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy illustration

Falcon Heavy

Illustration showing comparison of Falcon Heavy and Space Shuttle.
SpaceX Falcon Heavy and Space Shuttle comparison.
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The Falcon Heavy is a heavy-lift launch vehicle based on Falcon 9 technology. The rocket features a modified Falcon 9 first stage, with two additional stages used as strap-on boosters. The second stage and fairing is similar to those used on the existing Falcon 9.

For most payloads, the three booster stages will be recoverable.

First Test Flight

The first Falcon Heavy test flight was flown on 6 Feb 2018. The successful mission was launched from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center and placed the payload, a Tesla roadster, into a heliocentric orbit with an aphelion beyond the orbit of Mars. Attempts were made to recover all three boosters. Each of the side boosters returned to successful landings at Cape Canaveral. The planned core stage landing, on a barge at sea, failed. Both side boosters were making their 2nd flight, each having launched payloads on previous missions.

Future Uses

Future payloads may include large communications satellites, Department of Defense payloads, and interplanetary missions.


Posted 7 February 2018

New Artwork

Chinese Space Launcher Graphic Updated

Illustration of Chinese rockets.
Chinese Rockets
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The Chinese rockets graphic has been updated to include the Long March 5 (CZ-5) rocket. The CZ-5 flew a successful inaugural mission in late 2016. The second CZ-5 mission, launched in 2017, was a failure.

Mars Missions Graphic Updated

Mars probe comparison chart
Comparison of several Mars probes.
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I have updated the "Mars Probes" graphic to include several recent missions, including the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission, the European Trace Gas Orbiter, and the Schiaparelli lander missions.


Posted 27 November 2017

Interactive ISS Visiting Vehicle Illustration Tool

Since starting HistoricSpacecraft.com, I have fulfilled a great many art use requests for space related magazines, websites, and other publications. One illustration in particular, a diagram showing six spacecraft docked to the ISS in 2011, has received a lot of interest. The artwork appeared in several magazines, scientific papers, and museum displays (Including an exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum). I have also learned that versions of the artwork are being used in documents at NASA.

I decided to create a simple web app that allows users to easily create similar diagrams reflecting different arrangements of spacecraft at the space station. A link to the app is now included in the left-side navigation menu as "ISS Vehicles" under "Interactive Features".

Examples

The following sample illustrations were created using the app.

Space Station Visiting Vehicles
Sample visiting vehicles graphic.
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Space Station Visiting Vehicles
Sample visiting vehicles graphic.
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Space Station Visiting Vehicles
Sample visiting vehicles graphic.
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Posted 5 Sept 2016

Titan Rocket Posters Available for Sale

I've had many requests over the years to make more of my artwork available for purchase in poster format. I recently added a Titan rockets poster to the Historic Spacecraft Store at CafePress. The poster includes 15 Titan missiles and space launchers and is available in three styles, a poster, a framed print, and a banner.

Titan rockets poster for sale. Titan rockets framed print for sale. Titan rockets banner for sale.

Posted 12 Aug 2016

About Historic Spacecraft

I started Historic Spacecraft in 2006. The initial goal was to host several hundred photos of space hardware from my collection. I later started to create illustrations for many spacecraft and rockets. Hopefully, this website will provide a valuable resource to space modelers and space exploration historians.

Historic Spacecraft currently has around 7,500 visitors per month. As of January 2014, the website includes over 1500 photographs and over 500 original illustrations.

I have an online store at CafePress. Sales from the products help support this website. If you think this website is worthwhile, consider making a small contribution via Paypal. All help is greatly appreciated!

Richard Kruse
Webmaster, HistoricSpacecraft.com

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