Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mystery Space Ship

Ralph Buttigieg
Sydney NSW

I enjoy reading retro Space Fiction, science fiction stories written years ago about a future that never was. One of my recent reads was “Edison's Conquest of Mars” by Garrett P. Serviss. The story was published in 1898 and features the first fictional appearance of space suits, asteroid mining, scientists-astronauts and manned maneuvering EVA guns. It inspired a young Robert Goddard who would regularly re-read the novel during his life.

Properly the author who inspired the early rocketeers the most would have been Jules Verne. His book From The Earth To The Moon is the great science fiction classic, but its more, its the first book on astronautics. Verne describes in detail how a Moon expedition could be accomplished using the known science of the day.

It seems Verne is still influencing the current generation of space pioneers. Above is a photograph of a full scale model of the Jules Verne moon ship (more here). It appears to be in some office lobby and may belong to's Jeff Bezos. Can anyone please confirm this?