Ministry of Space (2001 mini-series) #1-3 [SET] — Britannia Rules the Heavens

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This is the story of how we could have gone to space.

Maybe how we should have gone to space.

This is the story of the Ministry of Space.

The black budget that financed the move into space.

The deaths of the test pilots, taken from the surviving Spitfire flyers of the Battle of Britain.

And in 2000, the end of the Golden Age, as America and Russia begin moving into space.

The secret revealed, and the destruction of a man who sacrificed himself for the Ministry of Space.

 

 

Collecting three-issue mini-series. 

 

 

Ministry of Space (2001 mini-series) #1 (of 3)
By Warren Ellis & Chris Weston. 
The dying days of World War 2. The US Army is running Operation Paperclip, getting the makers of the V2 out of Germany and into America before the Russians overrun their position. And this is where history takes a hard twist. Because the Army arrive to find the Germans, and all their machinery, are gone. Taken by the British. MINISTRY OF SPACE is an alternate history, the story of a British space programme that outraced the rest of the world. Now that Britannia rules the waves of space, a utopian green-field England plies ships to the Moon, to Venus, to Victoria Station in low Earth orbit. This is the Ministry that sent a colonisation flotilla to Mars in 1963. The Ministry that destroyed a city and ran an exploration program unseen in human history. A Golden Age-- and what it cost. The black budget that financed the move into space. The deaths of the test pilots, taken from the surviving Spitfire flyers of the Battle Of Britain. And, in 2000, the end of the Golden Age, as America and Russia begin moving into space. the secret revealed, and the destruction of a man who sacrificed himself for the Ministry of Space. This is the story of how we could have gone to space. Maybe the way we "should" have gone to space. This is the story of the Ministry Of Space.
Ministry of Space (2001 mini-series) #2 (of 3)
By Warren Ellis & Chris Weston. 
1953: Queen Elizabeth II is about to be crowned. And John Dashwood, now Sir John, is out of the space race following the horrific conclusion to England's first orbital flight. But that doesn't mean he's lost control of the Ministry Of Space. And he has a way to both buy back the Ministry's credibility, and open the way to the planets for the human race. John Dashwood is mad, and ever more hated by the people who orbit him -- but without him, British pilots will never land on Mars in 1965... 2001: On Churchill Station, the secret that Dashwood built the Ministry on is about to be revealed, by resentful Americans and Russians just taking their first steps into space -- and everything that he's achieved may go up in flames...
Ministry of Space (2001 mini-series) #3 (of 3)
By Warren Ellis & Chris Weston. 
The black budget that financed the move into space. The deaths of the test pilots, taken from the surviving Spitfire flyers of the Battle of Britain. And in 2000, the end of the Golden Age, as America and Russia begin moving into space. The secret revealed, and the destruction of a man who sacrificed himself for the Ministry of Space. THIS ISSUE: It's the early 21st Century and the Ministry of Space is discovering exactly how red Sir John Dashwood's world is. The British Empire is in orbit, on the Moon and on Mars, but it took a lot of blood to get it there. The secret of the Ministry of Space may see the sun finally go down on the empire...