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good condition for their landing, they divided the remainder of the night into watches,
two going to sleep at a time, the man on duty standing by to control the course and to get
photographic negatives, on which, when they were developed, they found two crescent-
shaped continents, a speckled region, and a number of islands. By 7 A. M., according to
Eastern standard time, they were but fifty thousand miles from Jupiter's surface, the
gigantic globe filling nearly one side of the sky. In preparation for a sally, they got their
guns and accoutrements ready, and then gave a parting glance at the car. Their charge of
electricity for developing the repulsion seemed scarcely touched, and they had still an
abundant supply of oxygen and provisions. The barometer registered twenty-nine inches,
showing that they had not lost much air in the numerous openings of the vestibule. The
pressure was about what would be found at an altitude of a few hundred feet, part of the
rarefaction being no doubt due to the fact that they did not close the windows until at a
considerable height above Van Cortlandt Park.
They saw they should alight in a longitude on which the sun had just risen, the rocky tops
of the great mountains shining like helmets in its rays. Soon they felt a sharp checking of
their forward motion, and saw, from the changed appearance of the stars and the sun, that
they had entered the atmosphere of their new home.
Not even did Columbus, standing at the prow of the Santa Maria, with the New World
before him, feel the exultation and delight experienced by these latter-day explorers of
the twenty-first century. Their first adventures on landing the reader already knows.