From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Another great Verne tale; this one has some very original ideas mixed in with the fabulous details of 19th century science. If you liked the technical details in Tom Clancy's books, you'll certainly enjoy the technical discussions in this book. And, like de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, this book is a fascinating glimpse of Americans by a European. Select an invention:

Columbiad - 900 foot cannon

Communicate with Extraterrestrials - first use of concept

Free Return Trajectory - first mention

Gourmet Space Cuisine

Launching Facility - in Florida

Light Pressure Propulsion - first use of this idea

Projectile-Vehicle - Verne's spacecraft

Retro-Rockets - Verne invented them!

Splashdown - the original idea

Water-Springs

Weightlessness - true science fiction discovery

 

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