National Astronaut Day: we explore the ramp universe

"Houston, we have a cover shot." Really just one? No, for American "Astronaut Day" we have seven ramp & rampstyle covers with an extraterrestrial impact. Plus an electrifying Only fitting for the 61st anniversary of the spaceflight of Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr, the first American in space.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Aaron Sheldon

rampstyle 13 - Grace under Pressure

Even if an astronaut on a skateboard doesn't really make sense at first glance - in space you have to be prepared for every eventuality. Or as the title of rampstyle #13 sums it up, show »Grace under Pressure«. Whether that's on an emergency mission or a kickflip, it doesn't really matter. In any case, both would be seen as a kind of »Space Oddity«. But that's another story.

»This is Major Tom to Ground Control I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way And the stars look very different today«

David Bowie – Space Oddity

ramp 52 - Je ne sais quoi

Simply beautiful and out of this world: That's how you could sum up the cover of ramp #52. In the shot by photographer Riocam, one of the legendary space shuttles is about to take off on a mission. This issue also has that certain something. What that is, however, we don't really know. The French have a similar attitude and say »Je ne sais quoi« - which then became the title of the magazine.

ramp 40 - Learning to fly

Learning to fly is anything but easy - but after ten years of ramp, it still goes quite well. Issue #40 celebrates nothing less, with an illustration by Gregory Gilbert-Lodge on the cover. Even more daring than our cover for the anniversary issue »Learn to fly« is the means of transportation seen there, the Firebird I from General Motors. While in the 1950s the wheeled aircraft proved to be quite appealing in terms of form, it was slow and unrideable. That's what you might call the definition of a »moonshot« - an ambitious idea that can sometimes backfire. Our own idea with ramp, on the other hand, worked quite well, we think.

»Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars, let me see what spring is like on A-Jupiter and Mars«

Frank Sinatra

ramp 22 - Some Like It Hot

One thing is for sure since ramp#22: it gets warm pretty fast in an astronaut suit. Or better said: hot. Just ask the model in the cover shot by Benjamin Pichelmann. By the way, the picture was taken during the test of the said spacesuit for the Austrian space program - anno 2013 and in the Sahara. The program still exists, by the way, just like the G-Class.

ramp 27 - You’ll never drive alone

In ramp #27 we realized: Lunar and Martian flights aside, we never travel alone. And no, we don't mean the NSA, but rather extraterrestrial life forms. How did we come to this? With the help of a superterrestrial, the Mercedes AMG GT. It attracted the visitors of a special kind not only through the text in the middle of the magazine, but also on the cover. It's only understandable: even we had never seen such a shape, clarity and dynamics. In the end, only one question remains open: How do you get the GT onto one of those stupid UFOs?

ramp #16 & rampstyle #17

A different kind of countdown: this time we're not counting down, but up. Because ramp #16 is about life, the universe and all the rest. Or as Douglas Adams book is summed up beautifully in the german language: DLDUUDGR. And yes, to pronounce this abbreviation correctly, you should be »Sticking to It«. Which, fittingly, was the title of rampstyle #17, that featured a well-known moment of weightlessness.


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