A team of artists in Oakland, Calif., is building a 1940s-era rocket ship to give the Burning Man public a view of the romantic way people thought of rockets before space travel became a reality.<br>
Rocketship on the playa
For Burning Man 2009, a group of about 60 artists, scientists and engineers is working on a large, stylized rocket ship called the Raygun Gothic Rocketship.
Intended to invoke the romantic notion of space travel before it became reality, the rocket is meant to look like a 1940s-era spacecraft.
The artists have been building it in Oakland, Calif., and it will be installed at Burning Man, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Late in the event, there will be a "launch," and thousands of participants are expected to be on hand to watch what happens.
In this artists rendering, the 40-foot-tall rocket is seen as it will look, on the Black Rock Desert, alongside its 25-foot-tall gantry.
A steam punk time machine, or "dihemispheric chronaether agitator," built by Alan Rorie, a member of the Raygun Gothic Rocketship team. The time machine was on display nearby where the rocket is being built in an Oakland, Calif., warehouse.