Thursday, February 21, 2008

More Moon

How about that eclipse last night, eh? When the Moon was fully in Earth’s shadow and had that pale red glow, it looked to me somehow lit from within, and eggshell thin—a strange and wonderful effect.

More breaking news on the Moon in this short NASA article about exploration being conducted now (right now) by both Japanese and Chinese satellites. While interesting in its own right, the piece also has the benefit of using the words "China" and "Moon" in the same sentence, which always brings to mind one of the my favorite exchanges from the Apollo 11 transcripts. The following is from a few days into the mission, between Mission Control in Houston and Buzz Aldrin on his way to the Moon:

Mission Control:
“Roger. Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there's one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. An ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl called Chang-o has been living there for 4000 years. It seems she was banished to the Moon because she stole the pill of immortality from her husband. You might also look for her companion, a large Chinese rabbit, who is easy to spot since he is always standing on his hind feet in the shade of a cinnamon tree. The name of the rabbit is not reported.”

Buzz Aldrin:
“Okay. We'll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”

The bunny girl! If they ever met up with her, they never mentioned it.

1 comment:

tim b said...

Saw the eclipse from a roof in Brooklyn. It was supposed to be cloudy but we ended up with one of those really-cold-but-super-clear winter nights.

The coolest thing for me was how sharp and subtle the color was despite my lack of a telescope. Somehow I don't expect things in the sky to look that detailed. Airplanes and tall buildings usually look atmospheric and blurry by comparison.

We admired the cosmic natural wonder hanging over the artificial wonder of the city. Then our feet got cold then we went back inside to finish watching Project Runway.

Oh, the humanity.