Friday, May 26, 2017

Mike Mars Flies the X-15 (1961)

A bit of "science-faction" today. There was a lot of space fiction in the 1950s and 1960s, one series that seemed very timely and stands out in the memories of children was/is the "Mike Mars" series.

The series was: 
(1961) Mike Mars: Astronaut
(1961) Mike Mars Flies the X-15
(1961) Mike Mars at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy
(1961) Mike Mars in Orbit
(1962) Mike Mars Flies the Dyna-Saur
(1962) Mike Mars: South Pole Spaceman
(1963) Mike Mars and the Mystery Satellite
(1964) Mike Mars Around the Moon

I strongly recommend this detailed analysis of the series here:

It covers the detail, politics, and timeliness of this series much better than I could so rather than plagiarize I will direct you there.


I have a good friend Michelle L. Evans who wrote a book in 2013 about the experiences of the pilots in the X-15 program. Please consider buying her book or search out her presentations on Youtube:

The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight)

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