Mystery Space Ship

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 Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos. Can anyone please confirm this?

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2 Responses to “Mystery Space Ship”


  1. 1 smallspiralnotebook July 23, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Ralph,Greetings! I’m so delighted that I’ve discovered your blog. Anyway, we’re publishing Michael Belfiore’s Rocketeers. Do let me know if you would be interested in receiving a copy of the book. My email: felicia DOT sullivan AT harpercollins DOT com.Cheers, Felicia

  2. 2 Anonymous November 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Hello,This Rocket was designed by Eddie Sotto, the former vice president of Disney Imagineering, I helped provide him with parts for the interior, it is in a private office in Seattle.Mr MarcusGovernorThe Empire Steamworkswww.myspace.com/empiresteamworks


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