Where are we?
Lunar silences. The moon turns, waters rise in a bulge,
women menstruate, the bare reality is more mysterious
than the tarot card, and facts outspeak our superstitions....
Of course, that's our own shadow on its face.
109:25:08 Armstrong: (Garbled) the surface is fine and powdery.
I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine
layers, like powdered charcoal, to the sole and sides of my
boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth
of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the
treads in the fine, sandy particles.
109:25:30 McCandless: Neil, this is Houston. We're copying.
"Good luck, Mr. Gorsky!" (urban legend.)
by Thomas Bolt.
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Our moon, courtesy Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Copyright (c) California Institute of Technology, Pasedena, CA. All rights reserved.
Original Caption (1990-12-19):
This image of the crescent moon was obtained by the Galileo Solid State imaging system on
December 8 at 5 a.m. PST as the Galileo spacecraft neared the Earth. The image was taken
through a green filter and shows the western part of the lunar near side. The smallest features
visible are 8 kilometers (5 miles) in size. Major features visible include the dark plains of Mare
Imbrium in the upper part of the image, the bright crater Copernicus (100 km, 60 miles in
diameter) in the central part, and the heavily cratered lunar highlands in the bottom of the
image. The landing sides of the Apollo 12, 14 and 15 missions lie within the central part of the
image. Samples returned from these sites will be used to calibrate this and accompanying images
taken in different colors, which will extend the knowledge of the spectral and compositional
properties of the near side of the moon, seen from Earth, to the lunar far side.