The story was advertised on August 21, 1835, as an upcoming feature allegedly reprinted from The Edinburgh Courant. In 1835, the New York Sun published a six-part series, about civilization on the moon. The “Great Moon Hoax”, ostensibly reprinted from the Edinburgh Courant, was falsely attributed to the work of Sir John Herschel, one of the best known astronomers of the time.Whatever it took to sell newspapers.

Published, Aug 25, 1835

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