Earth To Moon

     

Earth To Moon

The early visionaries all drew inspiration from science fiction, especially Jules Verne. His 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon featured a gigantic cannon in Florida that fired a capsule around the Moon. While this made for a good story, the visionaries knew the huge acceleration would have crushed Verne’s travelers.

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Credit: National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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