This work began to be published in the weekly magazine Tintin on March 30, 1950, nineteen years before the arrival of man on the moon. It is not science fiction but an anticipation as accurate as possible. Hergé contacted Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans, author of the book L'homme parmis les étoiles (Man Among the Stars), a specialist on the subject, who collaborated with the team. An extraordinary model of the rocket was made and submitted for the approval of Ananolf, author of the book Astronautics. It was entirely dismountable and allowed the young Bob de Moor, who was mainly responsible for the scenery, to know where the characters were in the spaceship at all times. Hergé has the grace to give a humorous tone to all the scenes of scientific explanations that could bore the reader. Thus, when Wolf and Professor Calculus explain more or less complicated elements, Captain Haddock is there to make us smile with his replies.
Translated by Concepción Zendrera
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