The Moon’s Reflection Transforms this Awkward Spacecraft into Lovely Art

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December 14, 1972: Admire a fleeting moment of scientific poetry: sunlight reflecting off a dusty ball of rock, the moonlight in turn reflecting off a fragile craft in the harshness of space.

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In this photograph, the Apollo 17 command and service module was preparing to mate with the landing module rising from the lunar surface. The spacecraft rendezvous marked the successful competition of three successful moonwalks by Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, reuniting the astronauts with Ronald E. Evans in orbit.

Image credit: NASA


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DISCUSSION

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42 years since we had a spaceship. Apollo 17.

7 years until we have another spaceship. Orion EM-3.

50 years between spaceships.

Who knew spaceships would play so little a part in our lives? For many of us, spaceships are historical footnotes from before we were born. For some of us, we won’t live to see another spaceship.

spaceship, n. Chiefly Science Fiction. A manned spacecraft. - OED

People.

In a spacecraft.

In Low Earth Orbit.

Not able to go anywhere.

Are people not in a spaceship.

Shake your fist at the ghost of Richard Nixon.