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Civilized Life in the UniverseScientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials$
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George Basalla

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.001.0001

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From the Moon to the Planets

From the Moon to the Planets

(p.31) CHAPTER THREE From the Moon to the Planets
Civilized Life in the Universe

George Basalla

Oxford University Press

In the 17th century, John Wilkins and Bernard Fontenelle discussed space travel and the nature of extraterrestrial life in book-length studies. In 1697, Christiaan Huygens published Kosmotheoros, an extended work on planetary life and civilization. All three men used maritime analogies in describing planetary exploration. The modern American space program (NASA) continues to draw upon similar analogies when discussing space and space travel.

Keywords:   maritime analogies, Bernard Fontenelle, Christiaan Huygens, Kosmotheoros, NASA, John Wilkins

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