Through Space to Mars

Through Space to Mars
or the Longest Journey on Record

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Through Space to Mars by Roy Rockwood

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1910

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Through Space to Mars
or the Longest Journey on Record

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Mark and Jack enroll in the Universal Electrical & Chemical College, and meet the inventor Santell Roumann. Santell has discovered a new fuel source called Etherium, and together the group builds a rocket ship and travel to Mars.

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Mermaid, the professor, the boys, Washington and Andy, sailed until they came to the great shaft leading downward. Then the ship rose in the air and descended through clouds of vapor. After many perils they reached the center of the earth, where they found a strange race of beings.

One day, to their horror, an earthquake dosed the shaft by which they had come to the center of the earth. The boys were in despair of ever getting to the surface again, but the professor had been prepared for this emergency, and he had built a strong cylinder, into which all the travelers placed themselves. Then it was projected into a powerful upward shooting column of water, which Professor Henderson hoped would take them to the surface of the earth. Nor was he mistaken. They had a terrible journey, but came safely out of it.

They opened the cylinder, to find themselves floating on the sea, and they were rescued by a passing vessel. Of course, they had abandoned the Mermaid, leaving the craft in the center of the e

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They are off again on one of their wonderful machines,.
They have been to the center of the Earth and several planets among other places.
The professor and friend, the boys, Washington and his pet rooster are off to Mars.

Read this book when I was about 10 years old (1940). A great child's introduction to the adventure of space travel. Now a bit dated, of course, and some of the racial travesty regarding "Washington" is now offensive, but was hardly noticed at the time. In any case,it started my interest in science-fiction -- and just plain "science".