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Lunar animals and other objects discovered  by Sir John Herschel, Sun newspaper, New York, 1835. Courtesy Library of Congress

Lunar animals and other objects discovered by Sir John Herschel, Sun newspaper, New York, 1835. Courtesy Library of Congress

Cauldron with griffin and siren attachments, ca. 8th–7th century B.C. Bronze. Cyprus, Salamis, Tomb 79.

Cauldron with griffin and siren attachments, ca. 8th–7th century B.C. Bronze. Cyprus, Salamis, Tomb 79.

Sailing to the moon, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen... illustrated by Gustave Doré London, 1867

Sailing to the moon, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen... illustrated by Gustave Doré London, 1867

Constellation of Pegasus from Persian Manuscript, c. late 17th early 18th century. The Wellcome Library, CC-BY

Constellation of Pegasus from Persian Manuscript, c. late 17th early 18th century. The Wellcome Library, CC-BY

A Journey in Other Worlds (1894), a science fiction novel by the incredibly wealthy businessman and amateur inventor John Jacob Astor IV, in which he offers an imagining of life in the year 2000.

A Journey in Other Worlds (1894), a science fiction novel by the incredibly wealthy businessman and amateur inventor John Jacob Astor IV, in which he offers an imagining of life in the year 2000.