My first interpretation was “Nobody’s going to get excited about it since we already did it 50 years ago.”

(Wait a second while I get my head around that… fifty years ago…)

But Arlo’s also mentioning a permanent base, which is a pretty new thing and still quite science fictiony and therefore something people probably would get excited about.


  1. In ‘Voodoo Histories’, David A. makes a comment about the ‘children’s series, Dr. Who’. Ben A. is a writer for Dr. Who, and I seem to remember a comment that he ‘iinvented’ the Daleks. So . . . brotherly rivalry?

    To paraphrase one of Dr. Seuss’ titles: ‘Oh, the Trivia You’ll Learn!’

  2. I’m annoyed at the Arlo strip Andréa included. We didn’t go to the Moon because it was there. We went to the Moon because it looked like the USSR would otherwise get there first.

    Both were lousy reasons, which is why we haven’t been back in so long. Going to the Moon should be a rational step in a long-term planned exploration.

  3. Arthur, I don’t think the following was considered as a reason to go to the Moon, but it is the best reason of all:

    One million years from now, there will be no evidence on the Earth that Man ever existed.

    But one million years from now, that flag will still be there on the Moon.

  4. @ MiB – When the space aliens come to visit, they may be puzzled why we went to all that trouble to erect six all-white “surrender” flags on the moon (solar radiation has long since bleached all the color out of them).

  5. Why do the aliens’ eyes change from solid grey to human white from panel 1 to panel 2. Is that supposed to mean something, or is it just a mistake?

  6. But one million years from now, that flag will still be there on the Moon.

    I read an SF story that featured the US on the decline, and Arab nations ascending. The latter considered the stuff left on the Moon to be some sort of affront and sent missions to “clean up”.

  7. Shouldn’t this whole sequence have run next month? Seems odd to miss a 50-year anniversary by just a few weeks.

  8. And I would argue that everyone on the mission, whether they stayed in lunar orbit, or descended towards the surface, saw equal amounts of the moon. So really, you need to figure out who of the repeat visitors (Lovell, Young, and Cernan) saw the most. Without actually looking up mission times, I’d bet on Cernan, since he and Young both get equal lunar time for Apollo 10, and since Cernan’s Apollo 17 was after Young’s 16, it was probably a longer total mission. You might make something of the fact that Young got alone time in lunar orbit that Cernan never had, but I’m dubious about that being somehow more substantial.

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