Armstrong referred to Verne’s tale in one of his television broadcasts.
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By landing on the moon in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin arrived at a place that, up until that point, had been the stuff of fantasy. But even after they transformed fantasy into fact, it is a place that continues to capture the imagination of storytellers, as it has for centuries.Baron Munchausen traveled to the moon in a flying boat in German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe's 1785 fantasy.Verne, in his 1865 tale "From the Earth the Moon," was a little less fanciful, shooting his travelers across space in a giant cannon.A century or so later Armstrong, traveling back from the moon, referred to Verne's tale in one of his television broadcasts. Cinema versions of the moon have been equally fanciful.
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