Friday, July 20, 2012

What no one imagined. What anyone could imagine.

So many science fiction writers have imagined the first human setting foot on another planet, but none imagined that, when it actually happened, the rest of the world would be watching it all, live on television . . . or that the first men on another planet would be like children, stumbling about in their inflated snowsuits, hopping with glee in the reduced gravity, to-do lists sewn into their sleeves.

Because the space suits' tinted visors had the faces of the men inside, making them anonymous, anyone watching, no matter his gender, race or nationality, could imagine himself, a fellow astronaut, exploring the Moon.
Rocket Men, p. 275

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