A depiction of the 1833 Leonid meteor shower, produced from an engraving by Adolf Vollmy in 1889 for the Adventist book "Bible Readings for the Home Circle." Source: Wikimedia Commons


A History of the Heavens

Why do we want to travel to the moon, to Mars, or beyond? We’re saluting this week’s total solar eclipse by looking at how Americans in the past have made sense of meteors, eclipses, and the stars. 

Find a copy of the “First Moon Flights” club card and welcome letter from Pan Am, mentioned in this week’s episode, on Robert Venditti’s website.

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