The biblical creation account in Genesis 1 affirms that God made two great lights. One of those – the moon – governed the night. Throughout subsequent history, humankind has been beguiled by the silver-white glow emanating from Earth’s closest galactic neighbor. From ancient times, nearly every culture has worshiped one or more lunar deities. Mesopotamia’s Sin, Egypt’s Khonsu, Rome’s Luna, and China’s Chang’e are joined by hundreds more. There is a fascination with the moon that permeates our psyches.
For almost as long as we have worshiped the moon or its various deities, we have also dreamed of traveling to the glowing orb we see most every night. Rhetorician and satirist Lucian of Samosata is credited with the first fictional account of lunar travel. Lucian’s fanciful tale was written sometime in the second century, CE (Common Era).