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Histroical Account in Pictures,
By A Customer
This review is from: Full Moon (Hardcover)
It seems a fitting that this book has been published so close to the 30th Anniversary of the first moon landing. This work is simply breath taking! Many of us have heard the stories of the photograph entitled "Earthrise" and how amazing it is. But I've was never overly impressed by the image until I saw it in this book. At the risk of sounding melodramatic, I was speechless. It seems that the photos have been reproduced from the original NASA negatives and transparencies which accounts for the unusual clarity of the images. The images of the lunar lander close to gigantic mountains and craters gives one a real impression of what the astronauts achieved. These aren't pictures of gentle, flat planes we often see the LEM sitting on but, a rugged, hostile terrain that reminds me somewhat of the Peak District (England). I marvel at the astronauts flying abilities and courage. What I also like are the slightly smudged images (due to camera shake etc) that show that these are photographs taken by a person and not a remote control camera. I too like the smudged image of Gene Cernan covered in moondust. Apparently he had moondust under his fingernails for weeks after coming home. A landmark book!