First edition album (Belgium) published in 1954.
Tensions are running high at the Sprodj Atomic Research Centre near Klow, the capital city of Syldavia. Contact with the moon rocket has been lost. It turns out that the passengers have temporarily been knocked unconscious by the terrible pressure exerted by the moon rocket’s acceleration.
There is an unwelcome surprise in store for the astronauts when they awake. Despite the meticulous prelaunch planning, there are two extra passengers on board: Thomson and Thompson!
The extra people on board cause a shortage of oxygen — supplies have only been calculated for four people and a dog. Will the heroes manage to make it through this adventure in one piece?
The astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin put an American flag on the moon on July 20, 1969. In Hergé’s studio, an expedition to the moon happens 15 years earlier!
The artist was meticulous in creating a story that allowed his readers to feel like they were exploring space themselves. Over the shoulder of Professor Calculus, the reader views earth from high above. When this album appeared in 1954, few people had ever seen anything like this: our planet shown through the stroboscopic periscope of an interplanetary rocket ship.
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