Man on the moon: The dream and the plan

Vaughan, Michael (2012) Man on the moon: The dream and the plan. Brisbane, QLD, Australia,

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Author Vaughan, Michael
Title Man on the moon: The dream and the plan
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publication date 2012-07-18
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject 210000 Science - General
290000 Engineering and Technology
370000 Studies in Human Society
430000 History and Archaeology
Original Creative Work - Textual work
Abstract/Summary The Poem - consisting of 697 words in all - follows the unfolding of the successful and inspiring "Apollo 11" Moon Mission of 20 July 1969 - from launch, through orbital trajectory to lunar landing, a quest for knowledge that extends back to Galileo 400 years earlier. He was silenced for theologically dogmatic reasons by the most powerful institution of his day, the Vatican. "Apollo 11" was celebrated throughout the most powerful nation of the 1960s (and beyond), the God-fearing yet secular superpower, the United States of America. The Poem seeks to capture the sense of awed wonderment experienced simultaneously by hundreds of millions of people all over the world some 43 years ago. Within just seven years of President Kennedy's September 1962 pledge for Americans to go to and from the Moon, this stated intention became a scientific and political reality. Today, 50 years after this fulfilled Plan, we may look back with balanced sensibility upon this inspired commitment, costing some US$100 billion and harnessing the technical capacity of 20,000 companies employing 500,000 workers. There has been some unproven speculation that the entire Mission never occurred, being an elaborate alleged hoax involving film maker Stanley Kubrick, accused of fabricating the Space Mission through his cinematographic skills. Such speculation remains dubious, apparently lacking satisfactory "hard" evidence and is most properly discounted.
Keyword Eight Million Pounds Of Thrust - Saturn V Lift Off
Grey Powdery Moon Dust
Apollo Mission Profile - Trajectory There And Back
300,000 Miles Of Space Flight
Astronauts Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins
"One Giant Leap For Mankind"
Physical Fitness Of NASA Selected Astronauts
Compressed, Dehydrated Space Food
Astronauts Decorated With The Presidential Medal Of Freedom
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes The Poem, for the sake of brevity, conciseness and clarity, adopts a tercet form of expression. A tercet is composed of three lines (or verse forms) of poetry. A poetic triplet is a tercet in which all three lines follow the same rhyme scheme - that is (a) (a) (a). Its origins lie in the late 16th century and stem from the Italian word "terzetto", a diminuitive of "terzo" meaning "third", from the Latin "tertius." The Poem consists of four triplets - three comprised of three stanzas and one of one stanza - making 10 tercet verse forms in all - rhyming (a) (a) (a) [Triplet # 1], (b) (b) (b) [Triplet # 2], (c) (c) (c) [Triplet # 3] and (d) (d) (d) [the Final Triplet]. The third Triplet contains more words than the others in order to convey important detailed information about the Mission. There is also a Prologue, an Epilogue and two relevant Quotations from Presidents Kennedy and Obama.

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Created: Wed, 18 Jul 2012, 00:08:16 EST by Dr Michael Vaughan on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies