December 28, 2010

LAYERS OF EDITORS AND FACT-CHECKERS: New York Times gets Jules Verne wrong:

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. NASA’s Apollo program “helped make Verne popular again,” Mr. Brunner writes.

Actually, Verne’s explorers merely flew around the moon; they didn’t land.