Q&A -"Neznaika On The Moon"
Today my son (sorry == Technical Director) come and tell – “Father (sorry == Team Lead) you mislead me for such long time!” To reply – “OK, but you should not blame me for a Santa’s nonexistence”. He tells the story as it is. - “Not a Santa ! But guidance book that you use for lunar project!”
Day ago he visited his Russian speaking friends, and explained project’s highlights. First reaction was a smile, then attempt to suppress laugh, then, when he came to point of recent Google Lunar XPRIZE development and Team Plan B particularly, all family, including small child, starts loudly laughing and rolling over laminated floor. Confused he asked to explain such reaction – friend with tears told that they just finished read children book “Donno on The Moon” (“Neznaika on The Moon” from the “Do-Not-know” hero name). And looks like all guidance for the project (at least Plan B) coming from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunno and it is even possible to predict what will be next steps: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Neznaika or it is possible to watch everything on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re8m8QdSjhc (sorry - no translation to the English available yet).
Well, my Technical Director, that book was so popular in grade five that it was virtually impossible to get it, was available for read only when book’s owner was busy to do math quizzes.
And those are original pictures from 1965.
Inventor. Good boy. Glasses. Hard working. Little bit crazy. Practical approach. In conflict with “official” theoretical science.
Main invention: Moonstone (failed from the moon). Accidentally discovered antigravity showed up all over the village. Donno / Neznaika get hit by cooking pod. Boiling water spilled. Fortunately doctor was nearby.
Here it is! Curiosity brings troubles, and discovery can be made: ice on the moon located deep under surface, the moon has different density, with mass concentrates inside, with a breathable air (where is the ice there is an air!), . . .
Now needs to give a bit of explanation. Year was 1965. Cold war, you know, small kids needs to be properly trained that capitalism is bad, and it is located on the moon, and a life is a flip of a coin.
Confused Donno and local criminals. Giants Plants Inc. was registered as public trade company. Business plan – to bring to the moon seeds of a giant, non-genetically modified cucumbers, watermelons and etc.. Enterprise was successful from start, but big corporations – you know story - greens against globalization. Donoo leaning to anarchism and that is his source of troubles. Arrested, and send to Paradise Island with no school around.
All right. Not big deal. Let’s build another one. More usual design, 3 rockets’ stages, basic principles of orbital mechanics. Practical science shakes hands with theoretical, couple months of work, rocket done.
Donno is happiest boy, he was rescued from the island of the Fools, where only genetically modified food was provided, as a result kids watches movies and sleeps in a movie’s theater at night, plays all days on playground. Side effect of GMF – no thought about the schools or attempts to escape from island. Does not matter what you think but antigravity is cool!
Book is really good. Lots of humor. Recommended for ages 5-10. Coin was printed in 2008 (Russia) to commemorate Dunno and his writer Nikolay Nosov. Postal stamp in 1992.
In 1997 was made cartoon with political correctness introduced - removed criticism of capitalism, girly names have been changed to more euphonious (“Daisy” and etc.), girls persistently asks: “Why boys do not play with us? And to not take us into a space flight?”. Donno’s buddy (on the moon) instead of boy (name “Kozlik” == “kid goat”) become a girl (new name “Zvestochka”==”Small Star”), romance with earth’s boy and moon’s girl submitted and two computer equipped with voice recognition and speech human interface used as an automated guidance system, The Moon become green.
Son – I promises to read that book to your daughter when she will be 5.