From the Moon to the Planets

George Basalla

in Civilized Life in the Universe

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195171815
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786862 | DOI:
 From the Moon to the Planets

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In the 17th century, John Wilkins and Bernard Fontenelle discussed space travel and the nature of extraterrestrial life in book-length studies. In 1697, Christiaan Huygens published Kosmotheoros, an extended work on planetary life and civilization. All three men used maritime analogies in describing planetary exploration. The modern American space program (NASA) continues to draw upon similar analogies when discussing space and space travel.

Keywords: maritime analogies; Bernard Fontenelle; Christiaan Huygens; Kosmotheoros; NASA; John Wilkins

Chapter.  6011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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