July 4, 2014

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Red, White & Blue On the Moon

Apollo 16 image

Flying the flag on the 4th of July is a patriotic duty, so here is mine. This is one of my favorite photos of astronauts on the Moon because it is such a sharp shot (almost looks like it could have been made in a studio with perfect lighting), the large size of the LEM is indicated by the proximity of the rover, and John Young has an exuberance that is unexpected in a right stuff astronaut. At first glance he seems to be just saluting, but a closer look shows that his shadow is not connected to his feet - he has bounded into space (but failed to reach escape velocity). Hope everyone has a great day, and if you aren't American, I'm happy to share our holiday with you.

Chuck Wood

Yesterday's LPOD: Little Ones in a Big One

Tomorrow's LPOD: Fish Scales


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