Monday, July 20, 2009
Today is the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. The age of the Sea of Tranquillity, though, is 3.57 to 3.88 billion years.
On July 20, 1969 I was just shy of my sixth birthday, living on Long Island with my family. I remember sitting, crouched, in front of the television watching the grainy black and white images. I'm not sure whether my parents woke me up or not and I'm not sure whether my memory is accurate or blurry like the images we watched enraptured.
How beautiful are the words Moon and Mare Tranquillitatis, and Sea of Serenity, as beautiful as the thing itself, however cold and distant and lifeless, it remains tethered to us on Earth.
If one can conceive of such things, do they not exist?