In this answer I cite and quote some surprising information; that the real Cyrano de Bergerac (not the one in the play) had written of using a rocket ship to go to the Moon circa 1650.

As strange as it sounds, I'm asking if Cyrano de Bergerac's conceptualization of a space ship include retro-rockets, or at least some propulsive method to decelerate (slow down)?

  • $\begingroup$ suggestions for better tagging are welcomed. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 8 '18 at 12:50

Hard to say, seeing as his little essay about going to the moon was almost certainly a combination of fantasy and satire. Consider his landing:

After falling a long time, or so I presume, the violence of my fall having kept me from noticing it, the next thing I can recall is finding myself under a tree, tangled in three or four rather thick branches that I had shattered by my fall, with my face smeared with an apple that had smashed into it.

  • $\begingroup$ Hmm... that's does seem to suggest that it's not likely, thanks! $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 8 '18 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ I've cited your research here I hope you don't mind. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 8 '18 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh No problem. Make me famous :-) $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Oct 8 '18 at 15:21

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