Science: Passport to Space

One of the learned members of the British Interplanetary Society,† dedicated to the promotion of "interplanetary exploration and communication," decided that tomorrow's astronauts would need something besides a three-stage rocket ship before they swished into space. With deadpan ceremony last week he issued to a few friends and colleagues a "British Stellar Passport," a blue-covered, gold-embossed booklet that looks for all the world like a standard British passport.

Included in the passport are bits of information that any traveler likes to know. There is a trip schedule based on the latest calculations of voyage times to the various planets. One column lists...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!