Thu Feb 8, 2018 JULES VERNE

Feb 8, 2018

The French science fiction writer Jules Verne was born on February 8th, 1828. He wrote of journeying to the earth’s center, and of circumnavigating the world in a submarine; and he also wrote, "From the Earth to the Moon," all about an "impossible" voyage of a three-man "space capsule" to our lunar neighbor. In his novel Verne envisioned the launch taking place in Florida.  After rounding the moon the space travelers splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean, where a ship picked them up - all this a hundred years before we actually went there. In a sense, traveling to the moon has once again become an impossibility. The last manned moon mission was in 1972. In 2006, NASA’s Constellation project was established to return men, and women, to the moon by the year 2020, but in 2010 that mission was cancelled by the last administration; now, finally, it looks like we’re going back to the moon.