The Moon: Man's Triumphant Return

SLOWLY, deliberately, the white-clad figure emerged from the spindly spacecraft and stepped into the glaring sunlight. In every direction stretched the barren hills and" ridges of a forbidding landscape that has remained virtually unchanged since the moon was created. Alan Shepard could hardly describe what he saw. "It certainly is a stark place here at Fra Mauro," he said. Then, as his image flickered onto millions of TV screens back on earth, the 47-year-old Navy captain took the last two steps down the ladder of Antares, the lunar lander. Finally his heavy boots...

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