To Mars via The Moon

An Astronomical Story

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Author: Mark Wicks
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 94,920 / 283 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 956
Added to site: 2008.12.27
mnybks.net#: 22996
Origin: gutenberg.org

The reader will, of course, understand that whilst the astronomical information is, in all cases, scientific fact according to our present knowledge, the story itself--as well as the attempt to describe the physical and social conditions on Mars--is purely imaginative. It is not, however, merely random imagining. In a narrative such as this some matters--as, for instance, the "air-ship," and the possibility of a voyage through space--must be taken for granted; but the other ideas are mainly logical deductions from known facts and scientific data, or legitimate inferences.

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---------------------------------------------------------------- Hrs. Mins. Days. Mercury 2,992 None [3]? 88 36 Venus 7,660 None ? 225 67 Earth 7,918 One 23 56 365-1/4 92-3/4 Mars 4,220 Two 24 37 687 141-1/2 Asteroids Very tiny planets, hundreds in number; and more are frequently being discovered. Jupiter 86,000 Eight 9 55 4,332-1/2 482 Saturn 74,000 Ten 10 14 10,759 886 Uranus 31,700 Four Not known 30,687 1,780 Neptune 34,500 One " " 60,127 2,780 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------


TO MARS via THE MOON

(Narrative written by Wilfrid Poynders, Esquire, late of Norbury, in the County Borough of Croydon, Surrey)

CHAPTER I

WE START ON A VERY LONG VOYAGE

"Well, I suppose it is about time to get ready for starting?"

The speaker was a smart, well-set-up man about forty-three years of age, whose keen and alert expression, clear eyes and well-cut features w

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