"The moon is essentially grey, no color. Looks like plaster of paris, or sort of a greyish deep sand . . . The Sea of Fertility doesn't stand out as well here as it does on earth. There's not as much contrast between that and the surrounding craters. The craters are all rounded off." Astronaut James Lovell skimmed less than 70 miles above the lunar surface as he gave that matter-of- fact first impression of the earth's great, ghostly satellite. Lovell waxed more metaphoric as he described the great blue ball, 233,000 miles away, that he, Frank Borman and William Anders...

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