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Things to Remember While Reading an Excerpt from "Chapter 8—History of the Cannon," in from the Earth to the Moon:

  • Notice that Barbicane's committee members are skeptical about his ideas for a space rocket. They ask him detailed questions that require him to explain how it will be built, the materials they will use, and the ability of the finished product to remain aloft in space.
  • Verne wrote From the Earth to the Moon almost one hundred years before the flight of Apollo 11, the first mission to the Moon (see Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. entry). He firmly believed that human beings could and would travel into space.
  • Although Verne's cannon seems fantastical, notice that he discusses many of the same issues that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists had to consider when making the rockets that carried the Apollo spacecraft: the length...

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