When did man first begin to think of space travel?
Man began to think of space travel in the second century
A. D. At that time a Greek, Lucian of Samos, wrote a fantastic
story about a man who was carried to the Moon by a storm.
In his second story about space, Lucian's hero flew to the
Moon with a pair of wings which he had made himself.
But for the next 1400 years, in the years of the inquisition,
people could not even think of travelling to the Moon.
About 300 years ago the famous Italian astronomer Galilei
looked through his telescope and told people about the other
worlds which he had seen. Again people began to think of
reaching other planets.
In 1634, there appeared a story about a journey to the
Moon by Johannes Kepler, the German astronomer. He
discovered how the planets moved around the Sun. Kepler
was a scientist but in his book his hero was carried to the
Moon by "magic moon people", who could fly through space.
Kepler gave a detailed description of the Moon which he had
seen through his telescope.
After Kepler's book, there were many others about space
travel. The first serious story of space travel was written in
1640 by Bishop Wilkins of England. He described physical
conditions on the Moon and he also said about the ways in
which man could possibly live on the Moon. The first man
who wrote about a rocket as a spaceship was the Frenchman,
Cyrano de Bergerac. In his book his space travellers flew to
the Moon-and the Sun in the rocket.
When those books were written, nobody seriously thought
about space travel. Then in 1865 Jules Verne, the French
novelist, wrote the story "From the Earth to the Moon", in
which he tried to show the scientific principles of space travel.
By the time that H. G. Wells, the English author, wrote "The
First Men on the Moon" in 1901, man was already at the
beginning of a new era in the development of air travel and
conquering outer space.
1. When did man first begin to think of space travel?
2. What did the famous Italian astronomer Galilei tell
3. What did the German astronomer discover?
4. When was the first serious story of space travel written?
5. What other books about space were written?