Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: Happy Birthday Jules Verne

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Happy Birthday Jules Verne
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Sunday marks the 170th anniversary of the birth of Jules Verne [ http://www.math.technion.ac.il/~rl/JulesVerne/ ] (born in Nantes, France on the 8th of February, 1828). Inspired by a lifelong fascination [ http://www.math.technion.ac.il/~rl/JulesVerne/sherard.html ] with machines, Verne wrote visionary works [ http://www.math.technion.ac.il/~rl/JulesVerne/works.html ] about "Extraordinary Voyages" [ http://www.interlog.com/~anash/najvs.html ] including such terrestrial travels as Around the World in 80 Days [ http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/www/tdm80j/ ], Journey to the Centre of the Earth [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap970121.html ], and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea [ gopher://gopher.vt.edu:10010/02/153/3 ]. In 1865 he published the story of three adventurers who undertook a journey From the Earth to the Moon [ http://www.teachersoft.com/Library/lit/verne/earth/contents.htm ]. Verne's characters rode a "projectile-vehicle" [ http://www.nasm.edu/GALLERIES/GAL113/gal113.html#VERNE ] fired from a huge cannon constructed in Florida. Does that sound familiar? A century later, the Saturn V rocket [ http://www.calweb.com/~ccorway/saturn-v/saturn-v.htm ] and NASA's Apollo program [ http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/Apollomon/Apollo.html ] finally turned this work of fiction into fact, propelling adventuresome trios [ http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4214/cover.html ] on what was perhaps Verne's most extraordinary voyage. This stirring floodlit view [ http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/images/pao/AS9/10075023.htm ] shows the Apollo 9 space-vehicle atop its Saturn V. Launched from a spaceport in Florida [ http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/ksc.html ] in 1969, the Apollo 9 crew were the first to test all lunar landing hardware in space .
Credit and Copyright: 
Apollo 9 [ http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/history/apollo/apollo-9/apollo-9.html ], NASA [ http://www.nasa.gov/ ]
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http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980206.html
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