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Blue Moon 2012 over Paris
Tribute to the late Neil Armstrong by VegaStar Carpentier
Can you even imagine the bravery of the Apollo 11 crew, voyaging farther from home than any other earth-born being in the literal history of the world? (I sure can’t.) It’s been 44 years since that mission and we have made many steps and leaps since, though they would never be possible without his giant leap, without the wonder and the courage and the passion that it inspired in people all across the world.
We have sent spacecraft almost beyond our solar system, and people into orbit on a space station, and we have put robots—robots! in the plural!—on Mars, using ever more ingenious methods of delivery, to answer ever more important questions about the universe and the origins of life. Someday, we’ll put people on Mars, if we can survive that long.
Our generation and those to come—all people, all nations—are capable of these same amazing things and many more. Let us never forget the human beings that opened the door for us into space, and let us never forget the great things of which humankind is capable, all of us, when our minds and dreams and passions are one, when we have the courage to reach, to trust, to leap.
Lagoon Nebula in Gas, Dust, and Stars by Florencio Rodil (x)
Soaring thousands of light years from Earth, the Eagle nebula appears in beautiful display in this night sky photo.
Photographer Bill Snyder took this photo at Heavens Mirror Observatory, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Calif., in June 2012.
The stunning Eagle nebula, also called M16, lies in the constellation of Serpens about 6,500 light-years away from Earth. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).