I love vintage board games and space toys, so this 1960 Milton Bradley "Men Into Space" game was an exciting find.
Based on a contemporary CBS television program, it features fantastic illlustrations and a captivating storyline:
"Colonel McCauley, an expert in moon rocketry in outer space, must send supplies in a hurry to a station on the moon. The countdown has progressed to 'X minus 10' seconds. The player astronauts man their ships and, with rockets ready to be fired, await Zero hour at the launching pads. Which fleet of Space Vehicles will be the first to conquer the perils of outer space and accomplish the mission? The excitement of this adventure, the dangers faced in clashes with meteors and comets, makes Men Into Space a thrilling game."
Inside, the board is dazzling, featuring Sputnik-era satellites and rockets, along with atom-age design elements:
And there's Colonel McCauley again,
gazing up into space
in a confident posture,
helmet at the ready:
The spinner determines your fate at liftoff. Will your ship blast into orbit or suffer a malfunction? The tension is unbearable as you await your destiny...
Many more bad things can happen to you once you're in space, courtesy of these cards you must choose:
itty bitty plastic rockets:
I've played this several times since I found it, and it is actually quite fun: the perfect pastime for the armchair astronaut. Just watch out for those Space Particles, and be sure to check your Oxidizer fuel line before liftoff...