A good example of mental time travel is Nostradamus. He was able to see our future.
Nostradamus and the Apollo Moon Landing - 1558
Century 9 Quatrain 65:
Dedans le coing de Luna viendra rendre,
Ou sera prins & mis en terre estrange,
Les fruicts immeurs seront grand esclandre
Grand vitupere l'vn grande louange.
He shall come to take himself to the corner of Luna,
Where he shall be taken and placed upon a strange soil,
The unripe fruit will be the source of great scandal,
Great blame, to the other great praise.
My French is not the best, but 'terre estrange' means strange soil. OK some translations have it as - an alien land.
Please remember that the first unman balloon flight took place on June 4, 1783, in Annonay, France, when Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched a hot air balloon. October 15, 1783 was date of first human passenger.
It would be hundreds of years later, due the hard work of Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina the first aeroplane flew. However, even then, flights to our moon seem the stuff of fantasy.