Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la Terre à la Lune) is a science fiction novel about the first people to visit the moon. It was published in 1865, very nearly 100 years before the first real human trip to the moon in 1969.

Verne's fictional account bears an uncanny resemblance to the Apollo 11 mission. Some of the resemblance, such as "Verne's cannon was named the Columbiad; the Apollo 11 command module was named Columbia." [1] could be due to the reading habits of the scientists in the Apollo program. Other aspects, such as the size of the module and number of astronauts, were determined by other constraints.



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