Ah, the fact-checkers

The New York Times errs:

By the 17th century, people were imagining trips to the Moon and encounters with lunar inhabitants who, Mr. Brunner tells us, “are hardly ever imagined as inferior, ill-natured or threatening.” Perhaps the most famous work in the genre is Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon,” which was published in Paris in 1865, and which accurately predicted not only that people from the United States would be the first to set foot on the Moon but also, among other details, that the craft carrying them would be launched from Florida, splash down in the Pacific and be rescued by the United States Navy.

The NYT gets two points right: the book was published in Paris in 1865, Verne’s travelers did launch from Florida. We can allow them a third if we’re not too picky: The travelers were rescued by the Navy, not in “From the Earth to the Moon”, but in its sequel. However, they failed to land on the m0on.

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