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1Macumbeira
maj 27, 2018, 9:29am

Pictures of expeditions to the moon curiously combine a futuristic shine with an historic gloss. It is nearly half a century that man last visited our satelite. While the pictures of space travel slowly acquire a sepia hue, the images are still able to silence us with awe.

I purchased Michael Light's book describing in ( mostly ) non-iconic images a voyage to the moon. Incredbly beautiful. See for yourself :

http://www.michaellight.net/fm-images

2stellarexplorer
maj 27, 2018, 11:48am

Thanks Macumbeira! Those are glorious. I wonder whether the impact is different if you didn’t live through these with awe as the events were unfolding? The Earthrise from the moon always grabs me, as does the lone bootprint.

3stellarexplorer
maj 27, 2018, 11:53am

As a matter of interest:

I took a philosophy of science class long ago, and one of the assignments was to cite an example of something that met the condition specified in a proposition, but simultaneously disproved it.

Most of us were shaking our heads trying to figure out even what the assignment meant.

But I’ll always remember one answer. The proposition used was “There is no life on other planets” and the example which met and disproved it was the finding of a dead planet - filled with ruins.

4geneg
maj 28, 2018, 10:47am

>3 stellarexplorer: Arthur C. Clarke wrote a piece of youth fiction back in the fifties or maybe the forties named The Red Sands of Mars that played off this idea: a dead planet with ruins scattered about. It might have been an allegory of the establishment of the State of Israel. During the time Earth men were exploring the ruins the Martians who had built them returned after so many thousands of years. It was quite interesting, especially for an eleven year old boy.

5stellarexplorer
maj 28, 2018, 12:12pm

I would have liked that one too! Thanks geneg -