Flashback Friday – “Space Benefits – today and tomorrow,” 1971 NASA pamphlet

Here is another item you won’t find anywhere online, on the belief that just as we never know where we may end up, it’s best to upload to the cloud while we can.

This quad-fold pamphlet “Space Benefits – today and tomorrow” is from 1971. I am not sure who gave me this one, but I do remember the slew of retirements as the Apollo generation left in the late 1990s. Always, the cabinets chock-full of paperwork remained. These came with a passing comment on the way out – “I’m leaving that all there, in case anyone wants it.”

Front cover of the quad-fold NASA pamphlet “Space Benefits – today and tomorrow,” from 1971.
The benefits of research and development of space and space systems include advances in communications, going from “novelty to an operational tool,” weather reporting, where “the satellites observe air pollution as well,” navigation of ships and aircraft, (before the arrival of GPS satellites), and agriculture, including “advance warning of drought.”
Continued from above, quad-fold NASA pamphlet “Space Benefits – today and tomorrow,” from 1971.
Flip-side of quad-fold NASA pamphlet “Space Benefits – today and tomorrow,” from 1971. The benefits of research and development of space and space systems for astronomy, Earth resource management, oceanography, and more. Bonuses include a better “smoking pipe!” More ahead of its time in seeing what benefits were ahead, “Computer programming has been adapted to such diverse uses as an instant flight and reservations system for airlines and the rapid handling of stock market transactions.” Note the lower right – NASA/PAFB (Patrick Air Force Base) 1971.

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