The laws of the universe fix the moon in its space niche, but what of its place in man's perception? The moon is being diminished, picked at like a specimen in a biology class, deprived of its ancient mythology.

"Honor to human courage," declared Pope Paul in a litany of praise. "Honor to the synthesis of the scientific and organizational activity of man. Honor to man—king of the earth and now prince of the heavens!" But pity the prince's domain. There was the astronaut with his golf ball, treating the desolate grandeur like country-club grass. Next time the visitors will...

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