We now come to Travel to Distant Worlds by Karl Gilzin. This is a very optimistic book about future, written at just the beginning of space age.
The youth throughout the world have been manifesting a great interest in the problem of space travel. This interest has long since ceased to be a question of idle curiosity: “Is space travel possible?” Every pupil now knows the answer to this question. The interest of our young people in the problem of space travel has assumed quite concrete form. They want to know what interplanetary flights are possible today, at the present level of scientific and technical develop- ment, they want to know what achievements have been attained in the de- velopment of remarkable reaction engines, which will be the vital part of any interplanetary vessel. These young people question the astronomers about the routes of future cosmic flights. They question the doctors about the specific effects of space travel on the human organism. They are interest- ed in the possibility of a collision between a space ship and meteors, in the possibility of using artificial satellites of the Earth and in many other things.
In a few words, our youth are keenly interested in all the problems covered by the science of space travel. This science has already developed to such an extent, especially during the past decade, that it is impossible even to attempt any detailed account of its achievements in any one book. If this publication succeeds in replying to some of the questions put by our young readers, if it arouses their greater interest and curiosity, its aim will have been achieved.
This book was translated from the Russian by Pauline Rose and illustrated by N. Kolchitsky and designed by G. Dauman. The book was published by Foreign Languages Publishing House in 1957.
All credits to the Osmania University for releasing this book in
public domain and thanks to the Internet Archive for storing this book.
Table of Contents
Author’s Note 7
The World About Us (Introduction) 9
FROM FANTASY TO SCIENCE
Chapter 1. A Bold Dream 14
Chapter 2. Prisoners of the Earth 18
Chapter 3. The Birth of Science 24
A MIRACULOUS ENGINE
Chapter 4. The Third Birth 31
Chapter 5. The Sound Barrier Is Broken Through! 38
Chapter 6. Harnessing Half a Million Horses 51
Chapter 7. “Dwindling” Projectiles and “Dwindling” Trains 61
Chapter 8. From the Rocket Plane to the Cosmic Ship 67
THE ATTACK ON INTERPLANETARY SPACE
Chapter 9. The Armour of the Atmosphere 77
Chapter 10. At the Threshold of Space 87
Chapter 11. Islands at the Terrestrial Shores 96
Chapter 12. On an Artificial Satellite 108
“CONQUEST” OF THE UNIVERSE”
Chapter 13. The First Goal – The Moon 129
Chapter 14. A Flight to the Planets 143
Chapter 15. Cosmic Routes 157
Chapter 16. The Take-Off and the Landing 178
Chapter 17. Hop, Step, and Jump 192
MAN IN SPACE
Chapter 18. The Universe at the Service of Man 201
Chapter 19. On a Space Ship 211
Chapter 20. Do We Need Our Weight? 216
Chapter 21. Fatal Rays and Errant Missiles 225
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE
Chapter 22. From Moscow the Moon 235
Chapter 23. On to the Moon 251