Godwin "Gonsales" Birds ("Man in The Moone," 1638); Moon, Exploration, Concepts, Pre-1900. [photograph]

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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.

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Topic

  • Astronautics
  • Space flight

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560

Type

Photographs

Local number

NASM-00144507

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