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All Around the Moon



Science Fiction


Extraordinary Journeys


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 1869-00-00  

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Original title (French): Autour de la Lune

Plot summary:

After being fired out of the giant Columbiad, the bullet-shaped projectile along with its three passengers, Barbicane, Nicholl and Michel Ardan, begins the five-day trip to the moon. A few minutes into the journey, a small, bright meteor passes within a few hundred yards of them, but luckily does not collide with the projectile. The meteor had been captured by the Earth's gravity and had become a second moon. It is then discovered by the three astronauts that the gravitational force of this satellite has caused the projectile to deviate from its course, sending it into orbit around the moon, as Barbicane, Ardan and Nicholl begin geographical observations with opera glasses. The projectile then dips over the northern hemisphere of the moon, into the darkness of its shadow. It is plunged into extreme cold, before emerging into the light and heat again. They are now approaching the southern hemisphere. From the safety of their projectile, they gain spectacular views of Tycho, one of the greatest of all craters on the moon.But then the projectile begins to move slowly away from the moon, towards the 'dead point' (the place of which the gravitational attraction of the moon and earth becomes equal). Michel Ardan then hits upon the idea of using the rockets fixed to the bottom of the projectile, which they were originally going to use to deaden the shock of landing, to encourage a fall on the moon. And so, when the projectile reaches the point of neutral attraction, the rockets are fired, but it is too late. The projectile begins a fall onto the earth from 160,000 miles up, and it is to strike the earth at a speed of 115,200 miles per hour, the same speed at which it left the mouth of the Columbiad. Four days later, the crew of a US Navy vessel Susquehanna spots a bright meteor fall from the sky into the sea. This turns out to be the returning projectile, and the three men inside are then found and rescued.


Around the Moon (French: Autour de la Lune), Jules Verne's sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, is a science fiction novel continuing the trip to the moon which left the reader in suspense after the previous novel. It was later combined with From the Earth to the Moon to create A Trip to the Moon and Around It.

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