Back in the ’60s and ’70s, space exploration was kicking all kinds of ass. In those decades, humans would set foot on the moon within just 65 years of humans learning to fly airplanes. Of course, the space industry and the world at large was abuzz with action. The drawing table saw a lot of work as space shuttles were required, and these renderings show what developed into the space shuttles we know today.
Images from the San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives show concept art for space shuttles in the 1960s and ’70s. Some of these developed into familiar shapes we recognize, some ended up being a bit off the radar. They are all quite imaginative and fantastic though.