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Michael Collins was thinking about the landing on the moon, refers to himself as an ‘ordinary astronauts’
There are millions of people who have walked the face of the Earth, in recorded history, but only 12 have ever walked on the surface of the Moon.
For the few people who has ever walked on the Earth ” s natural satellite, and that’s used as an adjective is repeated over and over — wonderful.
“I would sum it up with wonder, awe, excitement, and adventure,” the Apollo 16 lunar module pilot Charlie Duke is said to have the feel of walking on the Moon, in the discussion of the historic Apollo 11 mission. “You’re in a place that has a Buzz [Aldrin] and said it was ‘magnificent desolation.’ It was the most beautiful site I had ever seen before.”
Astronaut Charles Duke, Apollo 16 lunar module pilot, is photographed collecting lunar samples at Station No. 1 at the Descartes landing site.
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The duke, who is also a capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for Apollo 11, to be described, the surface of the Moon with the car. “There were shades of gray, and there was such a sharp contrast between the surface of the moon, and the darkness of the room,” the Duke added. “I felt at home right away.”
The earth was suspended on nothing, in the void of space. It was a wonderful thing.
Charles Duke, the Apollo astronauts 16
Along with John Young, the ninth person to walk on the Moon, and to the Duke he said that two of the astronauts, “never lost [the excitement],” in the 71 hours, 2 minutes and 13 seconds they spend on the surface. “We have to recognize all of the important sites that we have studied, by means of photographs. I think it could be like a 5 year old for Christmas and their birthday all rolled into one. When we set out to explore, and we just had fun doing it.”
Apollo 16 was the only mission of NASA is to focus on the “lunar highlands,” an area on the Moon’s south-east, with hilly, grooved terrain, according to the space agency.
From the Moon to the Earth
Twelve men, all Americans, were the only people to set foot on the Moon, but a much larger number of astronauts, both male and female, have seen the Earth from outer space. Both the Duke and the Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, have described it as simply incredible.
“The first time I saw it [the Earth], they came from the far side of the Moon, and we looked at Earthrise. My first thought was, “We have come a long way from home,” Duke said, laughing. “But after that, you have to recognize the beauty of it is, the blue, the white and the brown. The earth was suspended on nothing, in the void of space. It was a wonderful thing.”
Collins, who is not to walk on the Moon, in contrast to his colleagues, the crew of Armstrong and Aldrin, however, said that it was so close to the Moon, it was “great” in the sight of the Earth, it was awe-inspiring.
The image of the Earth rising above the horizon of the moon taken from the Apollo spacecraft. The lunar terrain pictured is in the area of Smyth’s Sea on the nearside. The co-ordinates of the centre of the site are in the 85-degree east longitude and 3 degrees north latitude. (Credit: NASA)
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“It’s a small thing, a blue-and-white, with spots of rust, and that is what we call the world,” Collins told Fox News. “It is projected an aura of great vulnerability, and the more you dig into it, the more you realize how fragile it is.”
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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this story.