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[URL=http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-030708a.html]Europe's 'Jules Verne' spacecraft carries namesake's notes on maiden voyage[/URL]
[i]Sometime during the last decade of the 19th century, French author and science fiction pioneer Jules Verne made handwritten note of the distances from Earth to several astronomical destinations, as well as the center of the planet. Verne, who by that time had already completed what would become his classics "De la Terre á la Lune" ("From the Earth to the Moon") and "Voyage au centre de la Terre" ("Journey to the Center of the Earth"), detailed the travel times for expeditions to the Moon, Sun and closest star whether going on foot, by train, or at the speed of light.
Verne, who passed away in 1905, never lived to see any of his imagined voyages come true, but thanks to a new spacecraft bearing his name, his original notes will travel longer and farther than some of the times and distances documented by them.[/i]
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