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Happy Birthday Jules Verne
Sunday marks the 170th anniversary of the birth of Jules Verne [ http://www.math.tec ] (born in Nantes, France on the 8th of February, 1828). Inspired by a lifelong fascination [ http://www.math.tec ] with machines, Verne wrote visionary works [ http://www.math.tec ] about "Extraordinary Voyages" [ http://www.interlog ] including such terrestrial travels as Around the World in 80 Days [ http://www.fourmila ], Journey to the Centre of the Earth [ http://antwrp.gsfc. ], 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.teachers ]. Verne's characters rode a "projectile-vehicle" [ http://www.nasm.edu ] fired from a huge cannon constructed in Florida. Does that sound familiar? A century later, the Saturn V rocket [ http://www.calweb.c ] and NASA's Apollo program [ http://www.hq.nasa. ] finally turned this work of fiction into fact, propelling adventuresome trios [ http://www.hq.nasa. ] on what was perhaps Verne's most extraordinary voyage. This stirring floodlit view [ http://images.jsc.n ] shows the Apollo 9 space-vehicle atop its Saturn V. Launched from a spaceport in Florida [ http://www.ksc.nasa ] in 1969, the Apollo 9 crew were the first to test all lunar landing hardware in space .
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