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Crater Moretus: A tribute to Neil Armstrong

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#1 maroubra_boy


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:06 AM

Hello all,

A sad time has befallen our hobby with the passing of Neil Armstrong. I never imagined as a little boy that I would be writing a tribute to him. And these words are not easy either.

Last Saturday night I managed a session with a good mate, both of us sketching the Moon. We never could have imagined what was happening on the other side of the world at the same time. What had been a very productive and happy time turned into a sorrowful one in a few short hours.

From my last sketch, I was determined to focus on the area around either one of the poles. Whatever took my fancy would become my subject. The spectacular crater Moretus caught my eye, and two hours later the sketch below appeared.

What most impressed me was the shadow flooded crater floor with its brilliantly white, massive and tall central peak surrounded by the silent blackness. Careful inspection showed a terraced internal crater wall, highly textured and fractured, as well as very crated too.

The whole scene was very dramatic with the foreshortened lunarscape, long, long shadows, and an impressively long leading edge of singularly illuminated peaks far beyond the terminator proper. By the time the main body of the sketch was done, I just couldn’t finish it without adding the position of the south pole and an extension of the south east limb with the irregular ‘horizon’ of the Moon.

This sketch will forever be a “remember where you were when…?” occasion with the passing of Neil Armstrong.

Neil, every time I look through a telescope, I become an astronaut too…

The world has lost a true hero. Humble, graceful, peaceful.


Object: Crater Moretus to South Pole
Gear: C8, 8” SCT
Gear: 9mm TMB Type II Planetary, 222X
Date: 25th August, 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
Media: Soft pastel, charcoal, white ink and china graph on A5 size black paper.

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#2 Jef De Wit

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:47 AM

What a beautiful tribute!

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:46 AM


What a beautiful tribute!

Very good sketch of Crater Moretus :).




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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:54 PM

Great sketch, looks like a work of art, bravo!

#5 maroubra_boy


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Posted 27 August 2012 - 07:05 PM

Thank you for your comments.

Thought I'd add a photo of the whole page.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:10 PM


Wonderful Sketch and Tribute.
On The night before Neil Armstrong died I was showing the Moon to interested onlookers at out public viewing night. Two in attendance wanted to see the place on the Moon where the astronauts first landed. I showed them the location where Neil Armstrong set down the Lunar Lander "Eagle" and explained they would not see Tranquility Base unless they were in low lunar orbit.
I was surprised and dismayed at his passing the very next day. He was the best of humankind.

Frank :)

#7 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:51 PM

I like this sketch very much. Very attractive.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:15 AM

Alex, brilliant sketch and heart felt words. The world was indeed a better place thanks to Neil Armstrong's contributions, that will live on in history forever .....

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:04 AM


Really awesome. Beautiful.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:43 AM


your sketch is outstanding! The richness of details and the fine subtleties rendered in the shadows of the craters are breathtaking.

A suberb tribute to Armstrong.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:39 PM


What a wonderful sketch! And very dramatic indeed. :bow:

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:45 AM

Lovely tribute and drawing. Thank you.

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