Science: Landing on the Moon

The most depressing obstacle to voyaging to the moon is how to raise money (about $10 billion) to pay for fleets of gigantic rockets and floods of expensive fuel. Other problems, if less immediate, are more entertaining. In the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Astronomer H. Percy Wilkins, Ph.D., F.R.A.S., tries to figure out where to land on the moon.

As every space fan knows, the spaceship will approach the moon tail first, its rocket motors blasting hard enough to cancel the speed of falling through the moon's gravitational field. As it nears...

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