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icarkie
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posted 02-08-2011 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy Birthday (183rd) to one of my favourite authors, Jules Verne. Writer of many classics...

randy
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posted 02-08-2011 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A true visionary.

Prospero
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posted 02-08-2011 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just for a moment, when I saw his name in the title of this thread, I thought you were announcing that M. Verne had died. What a relief, it's just his birthday.

Blackarrow
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posted 02-08-2011 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the benefit of anyone unfamiliar with the works of M. Verne, he wrote of the first voyage to the Moon, which commenced with a launch from Florida and a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Oh, and the cannon which launched the spacecraft was called the Columbiad.

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posted 02-09-2011 02:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Blackarrow:
Oh, and the cannon which launched the spacecraft was called the Columbiad.
The other way round surely?

ColinBurgess
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posted 02-09-2011 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three moon voyagers on board Columbiad; one named Ardan. Columbia and Columbiad both recovered by U.S. Navy vessels.

Blackarrow
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posted 02-09-2011 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Columbiad" was DEFINITELY the name of the cannon which launched the manned projectile.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-09-2011 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Verne didn't name the cannon Columbiad; rather that was what such cannons were called. To quote Wikipedia:
The Columbiad was a large caliber, smoothbore, muzzle loading cannon able to fire heavy projectiles at both high and low trajectories. This feature enabled the columbiad to fire solid shot or shell to long ranges, making it an excellent seacoast defense weapon for its day. Invented by Colonel George Bomford, United States Army, in 1811, columbiads were used by the United States coastal artillery from the War of 1812 until the early years of the 20th Century.
Verne wrote De la Terre à la Lune (From the Earth to the Moon) more than 50 years after the invention of the columbiad.

Prospero
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posted 02-10-2011 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Prospero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The cannon was a Columbiad. The vehicle that the heroes actually travelled to the Moon and back in was simply referred to as "the projectile".

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