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Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth
Andrew Smith

From the Earth to the Moon and 'Round the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon and 'Round the Moon - Jules Verne This is pure fun from start to finish, and doesn't take itself too seriously at any point. A gun club in the USA, disheartened by peace breaking out and not having anyone to shoot at, decides to build an enormous cannon to fire at the moon.Amazingly, despite this being written in 1865, the science is pretty spot on; Verne describes the harshness of space and the mechanics of travelling to the moon pretty accurately, even down to things alongside the capsule travelling on the same orbit.In places, it's almost a prototype for Apollo 13; the voyage runs into similiar problems, and there are questions about whether there will be enough air to return to earth when they get pushed off course and can only orbit the moon and return to earth. Even at one point, firing the engine that was to have landed them on the moon to return them to earth.There are scientific errors, of course, some of them unforgivable - at two points, the characters open a window on their capsule! And there's no mention of weightlessness, despite Verne being aware of everything travelling at the same velocity.But overall, a fantastic romp into Victorian idea of outer space. Loved it.