Around the Moon (in French: Autour de la Lune) was a science fiction novel written by Jules Verne in 1870. It was a sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, describing what happened after the men left the Earth.
In the novel, the Baltimore Gun Club had fired a bullet shaped projectile into space, with three passengers. Their plan was to take a five day trip to the moon, but they encountered an asteroid a few minutes into their journey. The asteroid missed them and entered Earth's orbit, becoming a second moon. However, the asteroid sent them off course. They tried to land on the moon by readjusting their course by firing the rockets that were originally meant to deaden their landing. However, their plan was too late, and they fell from space back to Earth, into the sea. They are rescued by the USS Susquehanna, a United States Navy vessel, and are given a lavish homecoming party as the first people to successfully leave the Earth.
Several years later, on June 12, 1893, when Doc's first attempt at returning to the future in the Jules Verne train failed, Clara reminded him that even the Baltimore Gun Club made mistakes. She believed that they tried their trip again, and succeeded due to the knowledge they gained from their unsuccessful first trip.