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The Last Moon Shot

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The Last Moon Shot


In 1865 Jules
predicted the invention of a space capsule that
could carry people.

His science fiction story
the Earth to the Moon"
outlined his vision of
a cannon in Florida so powerful that it could shoot a
Projectile-Vehicle carrying three adventurers
to the Moon.

Over 100 years later
guided by

Wernher Von Braun
's vision, produced the
Saturn V rocket.

From a
in Florida, this rocket turned Verne's fiction
into fact,
launching 9 Apollo Lunar missions and allowing 12 astronauts
walk on the Moon

As spotlights play on the rocket and launch pad at dusk, the last moon shot,
Apollo 17, is
pictured here
awaiting its December 1972 night launch.

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