At the beginning of the Science Fiction genre, space travel was a new and novel trope. It wasn't about the destination - the [[BoldExplorer journey alone was interesting enough]]. There was no CasualInterplanetaryTravel (let alone ''[[CasualInterstellarTravel interstellar]]''). We didn't have your fancy [[FasterThanLightTravel Hyper Drive]] or [[PortalNetwork wormhole networks]] or your [[SubspaceAnsible sub-ether anagrammed-tribadist Teslafied radio transmittion contraptions]], and we had to walk sixteen miles back and forth through the snow to the launch site. We were lucky if we had a pith helmet! Our science was silly, but it tried to be [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard]] ...[[ScienceMarchesOn for its time]] (except for [[Creator/HGWells Cavorite]]. That's just [[HandWave magic]]).

[[WhenIWasYourAge You youngsters]] with your single-stage rockets and intertialess drives and horseless space shuttles have it easy. Back then, you had to build a balloon filled with evaporating morning dew, or strap on a giant rocket, or [[Film/ATripToTheMoon get shot out of a bloody cannon at the Man in the Moon and put his eye out]].
That's how we did it.

Well, that's how the hired help did it.

You could go anywhere your heart desired, as long it was UsefulNotes/{{the Moon}}, UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}, or UsefulNotes/{{Venus}}. Or the CounterEarth, ruled by the rapacious Hun and the Kounter-Kaiser!

[[PlanetaryRomance Back then, Men were Men, the Moon Men were Moon Men, or sometimes bats or bugs, Martians were Martians, and the Venusians were jungle-dwelling crab women!]]

And that's how we liked it, consarnit!
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!!'''Examples:'''

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* The UrExample is Lucian's ''Literature/TrueStory'', the first work of western fiction about a voyage to the moon.
* ''OrlandoFurioso'', loosely based on the era of Charlemagne, has the knight Astolfo fly to the Moon on a hippogriff.
* ''Somnium'' by Juan Maldonado (1541).
* Johannes Kepler's ''Somnium'', where demons take a man to the Moon.
* ''The Man in the Moone'' by Francis Godwin, (1638) in which a Spaniard take a swan-powered boat trip to the Moon.
* ''Voyage dans la Lune'' (1657) by the RealLife Cyrano de Bergerac, where fireworks are used as rockets.
* ''The Consolidator'' (1705) by Daniel Defoe, a trip to the moon in a Chinese invention.
* ''The Adventures Of Baron Münchhausen'' (1786) involve two trips to the Moon.
* ''A Voyage to the Moon'' by Aratus (1793)
* ''The Conquest of the Moon'' by Washington Irving, an allegory about the colonization of America.
* ''A Flight to the Moon'' by George Fowler (1813).
* ''A Voyage to the Moon'' (1827) by George Tucker.
* "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall" (1835) by Edgar Allan Poe involves a balloon trip to the Moon.
* ''In Les Exilés de la Terre'' (Exiled from Earth) by Paschal Grousset involves a trip inside of an iron mountain in Sudan that has been converted into a magnetically driven vehicle (1887).
* The 1903 Polish work ''The Silver Globe'' by Jerzy Żuławski.
* ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' by Creator/JulesVerne, and its film and opera adaptations.
* ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' by H.G.Wells (1901).
* Heinlein's ''Luna Cycle'' of short stories and novels.
* ''{{Roverandom}}'' by Tolkien, about a humorous trip to the moon taken by his 4-year-old son Michael's lost toy dog.
* ''Literature/DoctorDolittle in the Moon'' by Creator/HughLofting, where the Doctor flies to the moon on the back of a giant moth.
* C.S. Lewis' ''Literature/SpaceTrilogy''.
* Arthur C. Clarkes's 1951 ''Prelude to Space''.
* ''Across the Zodiac'' by Percy Greg, describing a 1880 trip to Mars.
* ''Unveiling a Parallel,'' an 1893 feminist allegory by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant describing a Martian voyage.
* ''Journey to Mars'' and ''Journey to Venus'' by Gustavus W. Pope. Venus is covered in dinosaurs.
* ''Edison's Conquest of Mars'' (1898) by Garrett P. Serviss. Not as awesome as the name implies, as Edison commits genocide againsts the Martians. The message is less ''Scientific progress is fun!'' and more ''do not fuck with Edison.''
* 1905's ''Gullivar of Mars'' by Edwin Lester Linden Arnold, using a magic carpet.
* ''Doctor Omega'' (1906) by Arnould Galopin.
* ''The Great Romance'', a 1881 novel about a trip to Venus.
* ''A Trip To Venus'' by John Munro (1897)
* Stephen King's short story "The Cursed Expedition" is about a trip to a [[GeniusLoci living, carnivorous]] Venus.
* Creator/LarryNiven's short story "[[Literature/KnownSpace Becalmed in Hell]]" (1965), involving a trip to a hellishly hot Venus. "The Coldest Place" and "The Hole Man" were set on Mercury and Mars, respectively.
* Ben Bova's 2000 novel ''Venus'' involves a scientifically accurrate trip to Venus. Also, the rest of his ''Grand Tour'' series.
* The BackStory of the RedMarsTrilogy has John Boone become a worldwide hero-celebrity because he led the first Mars voyage.
* ''[[http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/valente_08_09/ The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew]]'', a 2009 short story by Creator/CatherynneMValente has a documentary team fired into space from a giant cannon and exploring Venus via silk balloon.
* ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' is a MagiTek version, with a group of explorers reaching the Literature/{{Discworld}}'s moon by means of a giant wooden bird powered by [[OurDragonsAreDifferent swamp dragons]].
* ''{{Literature/Voyage}}'' by Stephen Baxter is a combination of this and AlternateHistory tropes.

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* The {{Planetary}} story "The Gun Club" features a horror-tinged {{Deconstruction}} of Verne's classic tale, ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon.''
* ''ComicStrip/DanDare'' in ''The Eagle'' comic is perhaps ''the'' example of trying hard to be scientifically accurate space travel (for the 1950s, at least), with (almost all) the stories being limited to travel around a then-realistic version of the solar system using then-realistic spacecraft etc.
* ''{{Franchise/Tintin}}'' featured one such voyage in the album ''Destination Moon''. The story is continued in the next one, ''Explorers on the Moon''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ATripToTheMoon'', the 1902 film by Georges Méliès.
* A countless number of B-movies, such as ''Rocketship to Venus'', ''{{Rocketship X-M}}'', ''DestinationMoon'' and ''ProjectMoonbase''.
* ''MissionToMars'' and ''Film/RedPlanet'', newer version of this trope.
* Perhaps the best contemporary example would be ''Film/EuropaReport'': hard sci-fi horror, presented in {{Apocalyptic Log}} form, yet still somehow manages to convey the same sense of wonder that is intrinsic of this trope.
* The Wallace and Gromit short ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'' involves a rocket trip to the moon, which is made of green cheese.
* Creator/FritzLang's 1929 film ''Film/WomanInTheMoon.''
* A.N. Tolstory's ''Aelita'', later adapted into the groundbreaking 1924 Soviet science fiction film of the same name, describes a voyage to Mars.
* The Russian film ''Planeta Bur'' (Storm Planet, 1962) is about an expedition to Venus that discovers dinosaurs. Bit of a running theme, actually.
* And of course, ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''[[Pinball/{{Pinbot}} Pin*Bot]]'' requires the player to advance across the Solar System, from Pluto to the Sun.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Orbiter}}''
* ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' is essentially an Interplanetary Voyage Simulator. It uses a physics engine to simulate realistic-but-simplified orbital mechanics and gives you essentially the same limitations that NASA has now (or might have TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture), but once you're aloft, you can explore the solar system to your heart's desire (and the limits of your fuel tanks) and even run across a few [[EasterEgg anomalies]] along the lines of ''2001'' (though they don't actually do anything).

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* The comic ''{{Narbonic}}'' ran a special Sunday feature spread out over a couple years, with a Victorian-era MadScientist Helen Narbon and her minion Dave Davenport taking a rocket to other planets and encountering spacefaring Venusians and Martians. And even the Victorian-era Helen can't escape [[spoiler: the influence of her mother.]]

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* Although actual space travel wasn't involved, the infamous "Moon Hoax" article series in the New York ''Sun'' used a super-telescope and elements of this trope to boost circulation in the mid-1800s.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'' RPG took this trope and ran with it, featuring Victorian-era space colonies -- colonies, as in "Age of European Colonialism" -- on the Moon, Mars, and Venus.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The Apollo program, which probably turned this into a DeadHorseTrope.

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