Midcentury French tabletop wooden game based on the Space Race of the 1950's and 1960's between the Soviet Union and the United States, housed inside of a hinged wooden box and comprised of a revolving spring-loaded wooden launcher, two original plastic rockets for launching, a set of score-keeping beads, and a color illustration of Soviet and American rockets and satellites in space affixed to the inside of the lid with eight different target cups bearing the names of various planets and rockets, the same illustration affixed to the exterior of the lid. Very light signs of wear and shallow scratches to exterior, excellent overall condition. Vox measures 21-1/2 by 11-3/4 by 3 inches, closed. N.p. (France) n.d. (circa 1960s).
The Space Race officially began on August 2, 1955, when the Soviet Union responded to the announcement made by the United States 4 days ealier of their intent to launch artifical satellites, by declaring that they would also launch a satellite in the near future. This game features major figures from the Space Race, with the red launch rocket (and corresponding red target cup and accompanying illustration) referring to Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit Earth, and the yellow launch rocket (and corresponding yellow target cup and accompanying illustration) referring to Leroy Gordon Cooper, the US astronaut who manned the longest and final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. The other target cups have labels for the moon, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. A well-made tabletop game, from a time of global fascination with outer space and spaceflight. Book ID: 49012