It’s 50 years ago we landed on the Moon. Space has always been a fascinating subject for me, however I don’t remember ever having an astronaut phase. And I never really had a Moon phase either. Last year was the first time the Moon actually fascinated me; I started looking up and being amazed at the fact that we’ve walked on that thing.
The moon isn’t out of reach, all it takes is to travel far enough and you’ll eventually get there. It’s like traveling the world; get on a plane and soon enough the Eiffel Tower will be within eye distance, or the Grand Canyon will be beneath you.
“This time last year I was in New York. In New York I saw outer space for the first time.”
It was one of my last nights in NYC. I went for a walk for a few blocks, heading downtown where I saw a bunch of telescopes set up on a square close to where I was staying. I was curious and asked what they were looking at. “Hey, what are you looking at?” I didn’t really say it like that.
They told me that on that particular night Saturn and Jupiter were “close”. So that’s what the bunch of them were looking at through their telescopes. I couldn’t not ask to have a look. One of the astronomists was kind enough to let me have a go. Actually, all of the astronomists were kind enough to let me have a go. There were probably ten of them. They gathered a lot of attention from the passers-by.
I was blown away by what I saw when I looked through the eyepiece. I felt so small and humbled. I was overcome with a feeling of beauty and divinity; I actually saw space, I saw Saturn and its rings. It was like a piece of jewellery, just hanging there as if it were held up by a string, minding its own business over a billion kilometres away. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I stood there just gazing at it for what felt like minutes.
After that I had a look at Jupiter. Jupiter is closer, only roughly 600 million kilometres away. About a ten hour drive. Looking at Jupiter was just as breath taking. You can even see some its moons, orbiting Jupiter like satellites, as if they were worshiping God. It’s a memory I’ll never forget.
On a day like today this memory feels extra special, while we remember mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface. And here’s a small piece of trivia: The watch brand Omega was the first brand to pass the rigorous tests necessary for a watch to be able to cope with zero atmosphere. The piece was the Omega Speedmaster, originally a motor racing watch; witch now is one of the most recognized pieces in history. Superman, I mean Omega: if you are reading this, yes I would love a free sample.
By the way, we’re going back. By 2024, NASA plans to put astronauts on the Moon again.