This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
Illustration depicting an event from book The Man in the Moone by Francis Godwin, Bishop of Hereford, England, published in 1638, five years after Godwin's death; this is believed by many to be the first science fiction story published in the English language. In this scene, Godwin's protagonist, Domingo Gonsales, rises from atop El Pico, Teneriffe, Canary Islands, by means of a contraption powered by ten "gansas" (resembling swans or geese, but having one webbed foot and one foot with talons like an eagle). Gonsales is ultimately carried to the Moon, where he has further adventures.
Collection Item Long Description:
- Space flight