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Early space travel talk...

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February 05, 1920

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 5, 1920

* Professor Robert Goddard - Early rocket experiments
* Flight to Mars?

The front page has a very bizarre report concerning early space travel. Professor Robert Goddard was currently experimenting with early rockets during this time. The front page has one column headlines that read: "FIRST VOLUNTEER FOR LEAP TO MARS" "Capt. Claude Collins of Philadelphia Offers Himself to be Passenger in Rocket" "NAMES HIS CONDITIONS" "Requires That Communication Be Established and a Rocket Previously Landed on Planet" which is signed in type: Captain Claude R. Collins. See photos for complete text here.

Very interesting that this prestigious newspaper title would publish such a article and on the front page. Even till this day, a trip to Mars is still considered a far stretch.

Other news of the day throughout. Usual browning, some margin wear and 2 small tape mends on front page (unrelated area), otherwise in good condition.

Category: The 20th Century