This picture of the Lunar Module was taken by Michael Collins. It contains Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong and of course the Earth in the Background.
Even if you were not born yet, the matter from which you are made of is in this picture.
Image Source: NASA / Public Domain
Because Matter cannot be destroyed nor created, it means that every human that ever lived up to the moment in time that this picture was taken, still exists, in some form that is. It also means that every person that was born afterwards is also in this photo, again in some form.
Collins, in his second and last mission, served as the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission. As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first to make a manned landing on the surface of the moon, Collins waited in the command module for over 21 hours for their return.
When the command module drifter behind the moon, losing all communication with the Earth, he wrote:
“This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two. I don’t mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the moon, I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.”
The Guardian interviewed Collins in 2009, and he revealed to be anxious about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s safety. Fearing that in the case of a calamity he would have to return to Earth alone. Being the sole survivor of a failed mission, he would be “a marked man for life”.
Luckily, the mission was a complete success, and everybody returned to earth safely.
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Source: The Vintage News
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