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Poetry Montage - The Moon
A Lunar Landing?
That scintillating orb floating up in the universe,
The gleaming albido shining down upon us,
Gingerly kissing our naked cheeks.
The moon is like our own little radiant souls – bursting with mystery and wonder.
It’s impossible to snuff that burning desire of knowledge and curiosity.
They work hand in hand, trying to claw and pummel and smash through the barriers of our mind.
Why should we keep them locked away, ensnared eternally in those murky clefts?
Why should man not be inquisitive about the moon?
Well, it’s “one small step for man” to let our curiosity and knowledge meander freely,
And it’s “one giant leap for mankind” to let them show the way,
To the moon.
Our steps may have been suspiciously distinct,
Especially on a surface devoid of moisture.
But the regolith, or moon sand, was in our favor,
And because of its serrated texture, the footprint was preserved.
And that ostensible waving American flag, what’s up with that?
Well its merely just the lack of drag and friction in the air that’s causing the flag
To still move around after being planted into the moon’s surface.
Yes, well of course.
INTERVIEW: BUZZ ALDRIN
--How did you feel when you found out you were selected to go on the first moon mission?
-- We were most relieved when the announcement made it official.
Relieved? Impassive. Should be ecstatic.
--Why were missions to the moon so important in the late 60s and early 70s?
--We made a commitment to go to the moon because of the conditions of the
carrying a contribution to the end.
--What did Earth look like from the moon?
--Earth was 4x the size of a full moon.
It was a brilliant jewel in the black velvet sky.
--What did it feel like to step on the moon? Is its surface different from that of Earth?
--Stepping on fine, talcum-powder like dust mixed with
pebbles, rocks, and boulders.
No air molecules to separate dust, it clings together like cement. Under microscope, you see it's made of
tiny, solidified droplets of vaporized rock resulting from extreme velocity impacts, like an asteroid from outer
space hitting the surface over 1,000,000,000s of years.
--Was stepping on the moon different than you expected it to be?
Magnificent for the achievement of being there.
Desolate for the eons of lifelessness.
--How did it feel to be weightless?
--There's a tremendously satisfying freedom associated with weightlessness. Challenging in the absence of traction
or leverage, requires thoughtful readjustment. I found the experience of weightlessness to be the most
fun, enjoyable, challenging, rewarding
experiences of spaceflight.
Returning to Earth brings heaviness to your step,
a need for careful movement when stepping.
In some ways,
it's similar to
rocking ocean ship.
--Did stepping around in the moon's low gravity field feel at all like jumping on a trampoline?
--Reduced gravity had limitations in the space suit, resulting in a slow-motion movement.
Like a trampoline.
Springiness and instability.
--Is it true that a pen saved your life when you and Neil Armstrong tried to lift off from the moon?
A writing instrument was used to engage the engine arm's circuit breaker, which had broken off after our
steps on the moon.
A pen…really? No. Sounds shady.
--What was the scariest part of being in space?
--There is a morbid human curiosity associated with tragic death-producing events.
Naturally – what? –, this needs to be kept in perspective.
--What devices that were originally invented for use in space are now being used by the public?
--Medical monitoring, earth observation, communication and navigation.
Practical attachments known as
--What souvenirs of your spaceflights have you kept?
--I've tried to preserve memories through my first steps, artifacts, and experiences.
I don't have any moon rocks now.
The landing sites have not been imaged in that
There has not been a telescope that can image them from that
Telescope’s location. Optical theory states that the best angular resolution
– Smallest angle that a telescope can resolve – is ? = sin-1(1.220*?/D). Equation: ? is
The angle in radians, ? is the wavelength of light, and D is the diameter of the telescope’s primary Light-gathering optic. In physics, we are akin to round numbers. Rovers, instrumentation, flags – being
Destroyed by the sun’s UV radiation, lunar module feet. Let’s round up and say that the largest object left Has about a 5 meter-diameter footprint. The moon. 384,400,000 meters away. Sets up a right triangle with One leg the distance to the moon, and the other leg being half the size of Apollo relic. The angle that Relic makes is ? = tan-1((relic)/ (distance)) = 3.726*10-7°. Diminutive. Convert to arcseconds. 1° = 60 Arcminutes = 3600 arcseconds. So, our relic now subtends (extends over) 1.34*10-3 (0.00134) arcseconds from Earth. Diminutive. The full moon subtends ~30 arcminutes, while Venus at its smallest is a little under 10 Arcseconds. Hubble has a 2.4-meter primary mirror, looking in the UV, visible, and near-IR light. At 500 Nm, Hubble has a resolving power of 0.05 arcseconds, and the pixels on Hubble’s detector are 0.1 arcsecond Across. This corresponds to a spot size about 370 meters across. The largest optical telescope on Earth –
The Keck 10-m telescope, can theoretically resolve an object at the 0.013 arcsecond level. Still is 1
Order of magnitude too large (10x) to resolve any Apollo relic on the moon. On each Apollo mission,
There were 3 astronauts. 1 in the command module (CM) that orbited the moon. 2 descended in the
Lunar excursion module (LEM), landing on the moon, returning to the CM. There were 6
Successful Apollo missions that comprised a total of 4834 minutes on the moon and
Took 5771 photographs: Apollo 11 ~ 151 minutes, Apollo 12 ~ 470 minutes, Apollo
14 ~ 565 minutes; Apollo 15 ~ 1110 minutes; Apollo 16 ~ 1214 minutes;
Apollo 17 ~ 1324 minutes. 5771 photos in 4834 minutes. 1.19
Photos per minute. 1 every 50 seconds. Impossible.
Normally when photos are taken, the shadows leaking from the objects are parallel, right?
You can attain shadows that aren’t parallel with one light source,
It all just depends of course on the topography that was used in the 1960’s.
So naturally, the NASA moon landing pictures and their first steps are legitimate.
If only we could be kids again – shooting lasers at the big blob of Swiss cheese that emerges
In the night sky…
Oh wait, we can!
A laser, shot from the observatory in New Mexico, supposedly where Apollo 15 had landed,
Depositing man made materials.
A spike in the results flew off the charts, showing the reflection off the evidence.
How could we refute one of the greatest feats in American history?
This is proof, confirmation, substantiation that man for the first time,
Took those first foreign steps on the most mystifying of all places -