From the Earth to the Moon; and, Round the Moon
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From the Earth to the Moon; and, Round the Moon

By Jules Verne
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From the Earth to the Moon (French: De la terre à la lune) is an 1865 novel by Jules Verne. It tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club, a post-American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous sky-facing Columbiad space gun and launch three people—the Gun Club's president, his Philadelphian armor-making rival, and a French poet—in a projectile with the goal of a moon landing.
The story is also notable in that Verne attempted to do some rough calculations as to the requirements for the cannon and, considering the comparative lack of any data on the subject at the time, some of his figures are surprisingly close to reality. However, his scenario turned out to be impractical for safe manned space travel since a much longer muzzle would have been required to reach escape velocity while limiting acceleration to survivable limits for the passengers.
The character of Michel Ardan, the French member of the party in the novel, was inspired by the real-life photographer Félix Nadar.
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Table of Contents
  • FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON
    • Table of Contents
      • A TRIP AROUND IT
      • FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON
    • CHAPTER I
      • THE GUN CLUB
  • CHAPTER II
    • PRESIDENT BARBICANE'S COMMUNICATION
  • CHAPTER III
    • EFFECT OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMUNICATION
  • CHAPTER IV
    • REPLY FROM THE OBSERVATORY OF CAMBRIDGE
  • CHAPTER V
    • THE ROMANCE OF THE MOON
  • CHAPTER VI
    • PERMISSIVE LIMITS OF IGNORANCE AND BELIEF IN THE UNITED STATES
  • CHAPTER VII
    • THE HYMN OF THE CANNON-BALL
  • CHAPTER VII
    • HISTORY OF THE CANNON
  • CHAPTER IX
    • THE QUESTION OF THE POWDERS
  • CHAPTER X
  • CHAPTER XI
    • FLORIDA AND TEXAS
  • CHAPTER XII
    • URBI ET ORBI
  • CHAPTER XIII
    • STONES HILL
  • CHAPTER XIV
    • PICKAXE AND TROWEL
    • CHAPTER XV
      • THE FETE OF THE CASTING
    • CHAPTER XVI
      • THE COLUMBIAD
  • CHAPTER XVII
    • A TELEGRAPHIC DISPATCH
    • CHAPTER XVIII
      • THE PASSENGER OF THE ATLANTA
  • CHAPTER XIX
    • A MONSTER MEETING
  • CHAPTER XX
    • ATTACK AND RIPOSTE
  • CHAPTER XXI
    • HOW A FRENCHMAN MANAGES AN AFFAIR
  • CHAPTER XXII
    • THE NEW CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES
  • CHAPTER XXIII
    • THE PROJECTILE-VEHICLE
  • CHAPTER XXIV
    • THE TELESCOPE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
  • CHAPTER XXV
    • FINAL DETAILS
  • CHAPTER XXVI
    • FIRE!
  • CHAPTER XXVII
    • FOUL WEATHER
  • CHAPTER XXVIII
    • A NEW STAR
      • ROUND THE MOON
  • ROUND THE MOON
    • PRELIMINARY CHAPTER
      • THE FIRST PART OF THIS WORK, AND SERVING AS A PREFACE TO THE SECOND
  • CHAPTER I
    • TWENTY MINUTES PAST TEN TO FORTY-SEVEN MINUTES PAST TEN P. M.
  • CHAPTER II
    • THE FIRST HALF-HOUR
  • CHAPTER III
    • THEIR PLACE OF SHELTER
  • CHAPTER IV
    • A LITTLE ALGEBRA
  • CHAPTER V
    • THE COLD OF SPACE
  • CHAPTER VI
    • QUESTION AND ANSWER
  • CHAPTER VII
    • A MOMENT OF INTOXICATION
  • CHAPTER VIII
    • AT SEVENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN LEAGUES
  • CHAPTER IX
    • THE CONSEQUENCES OF A DEVIATION
  • CHAPTER X
    • THE OBSERVERS OF THE MOON
  • CHAPTER XI
    • FANCY AND REALITY
  • CHAPTER XII
    • OROGRAPHIC DETAILS
  • CHAPTER XIII
    • LUNAR LANDSCAPES
  • CHAPTER XIV
    • THE NIGHT OF THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FOUR HOURS AND A HALF
  • CHAPTER XV
    • HYPERBOLA OR PARABOLA
  • CHAPTER XVI
    • THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE
  • CHAPTER XVII
    • TYCHO
  • CHAPTER XVIII
    • GRAVE QUESTIONS
  • CHAPTER XIX
    • A STRUGGLE AGAINST THE IMPOSSIBLE
  • CHAPTER XX
    • THE SOUNDINGS OF THE SUSQUEHANNA
  • CHAPTER XXI
    • J. T. MASTON RECALLED
    • CHAPTER XXII
      • RECOVERED FROM THE SEA
  • CHAPTER XXIII
    • THE END
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