USS Macon. Artwork of Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk fighters flying around their mothership, the US Navy airship the USS Macon. An inset shows a Sparrowhawk docked inside the airship, which could carry five of these aircraft. The USS Macon was 239 metres long, and was a rigid airship built in the USA by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation. The gas used to provide lift was helium, with structure provided by rigid girders (shown in the various cutaway sections). There were eight engines, each driving a propeller on the side (three seen here). The USS Macon was launched on 21 April 1933, crashing on 12 February 1935.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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