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History Of Space Travel: From Science Fiction To Science Fact

Humans have been dreaming of visiting the stars for more than a millennium, dating back to 300 BC in ancient Sanskrit writings. The legend tells of flying machines, or planes, that may have been used by the gods to travel to heaven above. Similarly, Lucian: A True Story, the story of a mortal who becomes trapped in an interstellar war between divine space beings, was written in Ancient Greek around 170 CE by Lucian of Samosata (who, despite the title, admitted that the story was, in fact, not true).

Many historians point to the novel as the first written work of science-fiction, although the genre did not really take off until 1818's Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Soon, many stories of space exploration or invasions were written, from the 1898 H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds to the 1942 Isaac Asimov Galactic Empire Series Foundation. Actually going to the stars still seemed like fantasy, however, until the real-life success of Germany's V2 rocket in 1944, the first man-made object to actually make it into space.

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