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Rocket to the Moon


The show was originally named Rocket to the Moon and it opened in 1955 along with Disneyland. The ride was refurbished as Flight to the Moon in 1967. On March 21, 1975, the destination was changed to Mars because humans had already been to the Moon. During that time, the attraction was considerably dated. The show was designed in cooperation with NASA and was basically a revised and updated version of the previous attraction Flight to the Moon. Guests would now be launched on a spacecraft into space and then approach the surface of the red planet Mars. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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Heart Attack Pistol

This unclassified footage reportedly shows a modified Colt 1911 pistol that shoots a dart, filled with a special serum, that causes a heart attack when fired into the victim, leaving no trace, other than a red dot. That's right, it can pierce through clothing without leaving signs of impact on the skin, and the serum dissolves without a trace. "The poison was frozen into some sort of dart and then it was shot at very high speed into the person. When it reached the person it would melt inside them, and there would be a tiny red dot on their body, which was hard to detect. There wouldn't be a needle or anything like that left in the person," said whistleblower Mary Embree. Continue reading for the unedited clip.

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Albert Einstein Office

Most of you already know that Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics, alongside quantum mechanics. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type" and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. The image above shows the physicist in his office at work. Continue reading for more amazing colorized historical photos.

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Overland Train

In the 1950s the LeTourneau company developed several overland trains, essentially oversized semi-trailer trucks that could travel over almost any terrain. Their intention was to be able to handle logistics needs without being dependent on local road or rail systems, allowing them to operate in back-country areas. The US Army had three experimental units built, the largest reaching almost 600 feet (183 m) long, which holds the record for the longest offroad vehicle. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the train.

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Rolls Royce Phantom

This 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I was originally fitted with a convertible by Hooper, but in 1934, that body was scrapped and was sent to Jonckheere in Belgium for a complete overhaul. From the huge front fenders on to the oval doors to the tall fin on the back, this vehicle is luxury at its finest. After being completed, it won the 1934 Prix de Cannes Concours d'Elegance, and was shortly after sold to an American auto enthusiast. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Old 70s Hard Drive

In 1973, IBM introduced the IBM 3340 "Winchester" disk drive, the first significant commercial use of low mass and low load heads with lubricated platters. This technology and its derivatives remained the standard through 2011. This particular model weighs around 80-pounds, can store 3.78GB of data, and costs $250,000. It was used primarily by banks to store account data. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Lighter Camera

Back in the 1950s, before digital cameras and smartphones, spies relied on inconspicuous objects, like the Echo 8 Lighter Camera, to conduct surveillance operations. As the name suggests, it's essentially a combination of camera and cigarette lighter, made by the Suzuki company from 1951. A few years later, in 1955, they released a simplified Camera Lite model, designed to simply snap and go. Continue reading for more fascinating historical pictures.

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Mercedes Benz C112

The Mercedes-Benz C112 is an experimental mid-engined sportscar unveiled in 1991 as a test bed, similar to the later versions of the Mercedes-Benz C111. It was basically a road-legal counterpart for the Sauber-built Mercedes-Benz C11 Group C prototype race car for the 1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship. In addition to gullwing doors, it sports a 6.0L V12 engine producing 408hp and peak torque of 428 lb-ft of torque. Even though Mercedes-Benz received 700 orders for the car it never went into production. Click here for more pictures of the C112. Continue reading for another video and additional information.

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B.Engineering Edonis

Before the Veyron and P1, there was B Engineering Edonis, based on an extensively re-engineered Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. The only major component retained from the original Bugatti is the carbon-fiber chassis. Both the exterior and interior of the car were completely redesigned. The 3.5L Bugatti engine had its displacement increased from 3500 cc to 3760 cc. The original four small IHI turbochargers were replaced by two larger units from the same manufacturer. Engine power was boosted from 610hp and 479 lb-ft of torque to 671hp @ 8000rpm and 542 lb-ft. The company planned to manufacture 21 vehicles from chassis sourced from Bugatti by Aerospatiale, and expected to sell for around €760,000 ($1.01-million USD today). Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here to view more pictures of the Edonis.

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Afghanistan Before Taliban

Photo credit: Dr. Bill Podlich via Bored Panda

When you think of Afghanistan, peace and tranquility don't usually come to mind, but during the 1960s, things were very different. American university professor Dr. Bill Podlich took two-year leave of absence to work for UNESCO in Afghanistan during 1967, serving as the Expert of Principles of Education at the Higher Teachers College in Kabul, and captured these amazing images showing how life was back then. This was before the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, and before the Taliban rule. Continue reading for more images. Click here to view a few bonus pictures.

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