Fifty years ago this July 20, a human stepped on the moon for the first time. A dream transformed into action, a partnership of imagination and science. Collaborations based on ideas and skill, when new ground is broken, may be risky but also worthwhile. Why do we take risks? Because it’s the nature of who we are – curious hunter-gatherer earthlings.
As astronaut Edgar Mitchell said about his time in space, “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”
This visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from global elevation maps and image mosaics by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
Images courtesy of NASA. Music, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy. Interpretation of Clair de Lune by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, led by conductor Emil de Cou, performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.