On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to land on the moon. AS11-40-5875 shows Aldrin in salute surrounded by the distinct bootprints of his first steps, with the Lunar Module to the left. As instructed by then-President Richard Nixon, the two planted a U.S. flag to honor American taxpayers, all of whom contributed to this monumental achievement.
The flag itself soon became a favorite source of skepticism amongst conspiracy theorists as it appears to blow in the wind (an element the moon’s atmosphere lacks). However, the flag’s folds instead are an indicator not of a lunar breeze but of the moon’s gravitational force. As Aldrin and Armstrong wriggled the pole back and forth into the lunar soil, the motion created a ripple effect, and due to the unique atmosphere the fabric kept its bent shape.
The eye follows a trail of footprints from the rightmost corner of the frame to where they encircle the flagpole, the linear impression of the boot soles standing in stark contrast to the untouched lunar soil. It’s a symbolic scene that underscores the unfathomable consequence of the endeavor. The flag is rippled under the Moon’s gravitational force. (Sorry, conspiracy theorists—science explains that one.) The flag-planting performance is familiarly human and yet utterly otherworldly, the inky depths of space sharply swallowing the lunar horizon, the flag almost two-dimensional against the darkness. Aldrin faces toward the stars and stripes, at once emblematic of mankind and utterly companionless in the nothingness ... Read more on the blog!
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Innova FibaPrint Warm Cotton Gloss
11"x11" | edition of 250