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Chronicles from Concordia

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10 Aug 2016, 11:32 UTC
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First sunrise in over three months. Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA–F. van den Berg
Taken from ESA-sponsored medical doctor Floris van den Berg's blog:

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. Credits: NASA
Most people assume the famous line “that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” by Neil Armstrong were the first words spoken on the moon, but actually Buzz Aldrin beat him to the punch by confirming contact with the lunar surface upon landing.
As the second person to ever walk on the moon, Aldrin clearly described his view as being “magnificent desolation”. Stepping out the front doors of the Concordia Station often gives me the same feeling. Magnificent desolation. In the moonlight the vast expanse of Antarctic is humbling, and I wonder what happened to the desire to go where no men has gone before. 47 years later (44 since the last man said ‘goodbye’ to the moon), we have astronauts constantly flying in space but the moon is still very far away.
“We choose to go to the Moon! … We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because ...

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