a flight to the Moon
[title of poem] The Moon Flight. [subheading] Aviators are seriously discussing a flight to the moon.—Daily paper.
The film…is a magnificent thing and shows with thrilling accuracy what a moon flight will be like.
Dr. Goddard, who hates to stir up gaudy talk of moon flights, announces his present objective as reaching 50 miles into the stratosphere ‘to obtain meteorological, astronomical, magnetic and other data of altitudes greatly exceeding those which can be reached by balloon.’
I've been trying for seven years to get off on the moon flight. Can’t be done. Luck’s against me.
He was not prepared for space-navigation save as the constructor of this ship. He could not think grandiosely of a moon-flight, or even of a jaunt to Moon, which was sure and entirely practical. The wallowing water-tank he skippered was now no more than four hundred miles from earth.
To this day rocket engineers would rather talk in public only about ballistic missiles, jet planes, and cargo rockets, and avoid public references to any ‘wild’ ideas of moon-flight.
The only useful data was from her accelerometer, which suggested that they'd been shipped into orbit the following morning, and banged about randomly for the following week. That was enough to rule out the Moon flight, but the fact that they were in the middle of nowhere had already done that.
OED Entry (under "moon") updated in March 2004, with earliest cite of 1948 (previously 1951); updated further to 1936
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