Sculpture on the Moon
Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:59 PM
Forgive me if this has already been posted--I haven't been here in a while. I'd never heard this story before.
Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:44 PM
I'm not sure what counts as "sculpture" but there are a number of other items placed deliberately on the moon by "private enterprise" of astronauts:
CC Williams' air force wings (CC was an original member of the Apollo 12 team who was killed in a T38 crash during training)
Al Bean's silver astronaut pin (he reckoned he wouldn't need it any more as the silver pin was replaced with a gold one after the first space flight)
Eugene Cernan "tagged" the lunar surface by carving his daughter's initials "TDC" into the surface. This was done at a point close to the final position of the rover vehicle.
And then of course there was Al Shephard's golf ball ...
Posted 17 December 2013 - 06:47 PM
Don't know what you mean about "private enterprise" as it pertains to David Scott and the Fallen Astronauts. And the Fallen Cosmonauts. And by extension the Fallen Chinese Astronauts. Did you read the article?
Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:03 PM
Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:20 PM
Posted 18 December 2013 - 03:43 AM
Not on the NASA mission plan.
Don't know what you mean about "private enterprise"
IIRC there was a plaque dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Apollo 1 launchpad fire, the Soyuz 1 landing accident and the Salyut 1 decompression which was placed on the lunar surface as planned by the Apollo 16 crew.
Posted 18 December 2013 - 04:00 AM
We don't know if the commemorative medal carried by Luna 2 survived the impact. Probably not as the impact velocity was 5,300 mph. In any case the medal was a functional part of the mission - I thought it was necessary for an object to be designed as a pure decoration to be classified as "art". Go look at a jet engine turbine blade; it's a thing of beauty but it's not a sculpture.
as an aside - the first "art on the moon" was the landing Luna 2 in '59- my feelings anyway.
If you mean the crater left by the impact, I wouldn't classify that as "art" any more than blast damage to a roadsign inflicted by an idiot with a shotgun and one too many cartridges. (Hmmm ... maybe that's an idea for next year's Turner Prize ... )
Posted 18 December 2013 - 08:04 AM
I think it breaks down to a philosophical argument. (Psst: I think a jet engine blade is more art than a lot of sculpture).
Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:08 AM