Friday, October 09, 2009
Doctor Manhattan, The Duke and the Moon
"All we ever see of stars are their old photographs." Doctor Manhattan, WATCHMEN
Wow, I guess there's water on the moon after all - we've been getting lots of rain since this morning's Moon Bombing!
And speaking of our moon...
This is the Duke family. The father, Charles Moss Duke, Jr. born October 3, 1935. The mom, Dorothy Meade Claiborne. The two sons, Charles and Thomas. They are probably in their garden, sitting on a bench. They look so happy.
And they should be, because Charles Moss Duke was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972. He landed with mission commander John W. Young at the Descartes Highlands, which is what makes this photo so special: It's still there, untouched, unperturbed, exactly in the same position as he left it before taking this snapshot with his Hasselblad 70mm film camera.
Read the rest of this great post from the smart folks over at Gizmodo: This Is Not Your Ordinary Family Photo.
When I first saw this shot I immediately thought of Watchmen - how cool is this?
Have a great weekend!