March 6, 2011

Transit of Venus

"I don't quite see what we shall do it for! It's really only jumping off the world and back again."
"Surely! For example, one might go to the moon."
"And when one got there? What would you find?"
"We should see—Oh! consider the new knowledge."
"Is there air there?"
"There may be."
"It's a fine idea," I said, "but it strikes me as a large order all the same. The moon! I'd much rather try some smaller things first."

Greenwich Park, London, England
1874
(dialog from The First Men in the Moon by HG Wells)

2 comments:

Ms. Moon said...

This is enchanting. All of it.

downtown guy said...

It makes me want to build an observatory.