First edition album (Belgium) published in 1953.
Barely have they returned from their adventures in the Middle East (Land of Black Gold) when Tintin, Captain Haddock and Snowy receive an invitation to Klow, the capital city of Syldavia. Professor Calculus is in the country working on a top-secret project in a state-of-the-art secure government facility: the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre.
The subsoil of the remote region in which the Sprodj Centre is located is rich in the radioactive element uranium. The Syldavian government and Professor Calculus’s scientists hope to harness atomic energy as a way of propelling mankind into a new era of space exploration. Yet, behind the scenes, there is a sinister plot by aggressive foreign powers to hijack this technology for nefarious ends.
In the end, whatever the stakes, Professor Calculus is determined to achieve his goal: to build a rocket that will transport human beings to the moon. But who will he take with him on this historic journey?
During the winter of 1949, the Americans announced the successful launch of a rocket. That same year, Hergé, who’d spent months poring over books about space exploration, decided he was ready to take on a challenge: he’d send his heroes to the moon! Hergé wasn’t the first comic-strip artist to have this idea, but unlike other cartoon artists, he refused to fill his story with little green men and flying saucers. He launched Studios Hergé and put his new team of artists and assistants to work — on a true-to-life model of a rocket based on his research and conversations with spacecraft engineers. He and his assistants used this model when depicting the moon rocket.
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