|SF Sorrow is born
||[Oct. 25th, 2008|01:41 pm]
Wasting time on the internet this morning I can't stop looking at pictures of the Apollo 11 (1969) moon landing. It is my obsession of the moment. The photos strike me as being stunning, surreal, evocative and bizarre. I don't doubt that the moon landing really happened, but somehow I still can't quite wrap my head around it. Being the first nation to walk on the moon was stunning show of nationalistic prestige for the United States, but why? What was the point of it? Other than to demonstrate our nation's supernatural might relative to other nations, I can't think of any logical reason to want to travel to the moon. At all. It is so very strange. Perhaps it is even the weirdest thing to happen in the entire crazy 1960's decade. And it was done by our government. In fact, the space program as it was designed by president Kennedy in 1961 has been called the largest military financial expenditure performed by any country during peacetime. 25 billion dollars just to prove a point. At least they didn't kill anyone in the process.|
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The astronauts of Apollo 11 brought many moon rocks back to planet earth with them as souvenirs. One of the moon rocks was given to the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. (website here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cathedral). Then, as if to prove that nationalism, science, the military, and religion could all peacefully co-exist (if only in symbolism); cathedral artisans took the lunar rock and designed an entire stained glass window around it. Now the first moon landing is enshrined on the cathedral walls along with the birth of baby jesus and the gospel of John. The same cathedral also boasts the world's only sculpture of Darth Vader on a religious building (really!). I find organized religion personally distasteful, but I will always have a deep underlying appreciation for gothic cathedrals, art and architecture.
The infamous space window at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The moon rock lies in the center of the red sphere.