In 1969 the Apollo moon landing is to be televised internationally but at a country fair in England a small boy named Jim meets the 90-year-old Julius Bedford who tells him that,in 1909,as a struggling writer,he met eccentric Professor Cavor,inventor of Cavorite,a gravity-defying substance which they used to build a sphere,which took them to the Moon. Captured by ant-like Selenites,Bedford was anxious to make his escape but Cavor was happy to stay and communicate with the Moon-dwellers. Back on Earth Bedford hears via wireless that Cavor was forced to kill himself and the Moon-dwellers to prevent them from invading Earth. As Jim watches the Apollo landing with his parents back in the present he sees a Selenite,hiding behind a lunar rock,peering at the astronauts. Written by
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Did You Know?
As they approached the moon, an alarm number 1202 occurred and Cavor said "I'd ignore it". This is a reference to the "1202 Alarm" that the Apollo 11 LEM encountered when it approached the lunar surface in 1969. The astronauts on Apollo 11 similarly ignored the alarm as it was related to a radar system overload, and ground control believed they would have sufficient processing capacity to land anyway. See more
Most of the story is set in 1909 but as Cavor and Bedford walk along the canal towpath they pass a moored modern day steel canal cruiser See more
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