(6) Walking On The Moon
- 1 How long did the astronauts remain in the orbit of the moon and what did they see there?
Give an account of being on the moon, when Scott was really there? (P.U.96)
These American astronauts including Jim Irwin and Scott (the writer) undertook an expedition to the moon in Appolo-15 spaceship Endeavour, in 1971. Their spaceship remained in the lunar for twenty four hours, during which they made twelve revolutions each lasting two hours. During each round they remained for one hour in the darkness of the night, and for one hour in daylight. Their trip was purely meant for scientific experiments.
From the orbit they saw lovely and charming scenes. During night the moon looked bright in the light reflected by the earth. Stars looked like icy fires. Distant part of the moon appeared like a black arc. The scene of the rising sun was very appealing. The rays of the sun were falling on the horizon of the moon. The sun steadily rose up. Its light entered their spaceship. Mountains, craters, ditches and plains on the surface of the moon looked very bright in the sunlight. The moonscape presented a beautiful view in the early morning. Everything there was of milk-chocolate colour. The hills and craters had long shadows.
- 2. Describe the astronauts’ landing on the surface of the moon and their different observations.
Or What sights not previously experienced by human beings does he describe, and how does he?
Dr. Scott and his companions when entered the lunar orbit, they saw a very beautiful sight never experienced by any human being before.
They saw our earth shining over the moon. The mountains and the creator rims were clearly seen in that light. Before them and above them, the stars were shining, and below them lay the moon. Then the moment of sunrise approached. The sunlight flooded into the space-shop and dazzled their eyes. At last, they came down on the surface of the moon and experienced more sights.
Each day on the moon was equal to 355 hours on earth, the sky looked black. The moon looked bright in the sunlight. They had landed on its bright side. There were mountains, plains canyons. The moonscape stretched to long distances. There were different landforms. There were ridges, high summits winding gorges. There was a strange blend of colours which changed every moment. Within moments the grey surface below their feet turned golden. The rocks had grey, black, white and green colours. Complete silence prevailed over there. They could hear only the slight sound of their footsteps. The temperature was about 150 degrees. There, the distances were not measured by trees or telephone poles, but by craters. The movement on the moon was quite difficult. They had to start and stop with exertion. 22
- 3. Describe the astronauts walk on the moon and their feelings.
Or To what does Scott implicitly compare the weightlessness experienced on the lunar surface?
Or What other such experience does he describe through comparisons?
Their walk on the moon was very slow and bumpy. They could not walk fast. But a lot of exertion was required to walk and step on the moon. When they had to step ahead, they had to thrust their body forward. If they wanted to stop, they had to sink their heels and lean backward. They were not hurt if they fell; because their weight was very less. As the moon’s gravity is one-sixth of that of the earth, their weight had decreased to one-sixth of their weight on the earth. During walk they had to keep oxygen with them.
On the moon they felt a strange sense of freedom as they were the only living beings there. They could move freely wherever they wished as there were no obstacles on their way and nobody to block their way. But there were certain other problems. Walking on the moon was not as easy as that on the earth. Anyhow they felt a strange pleasure in their slow motion on the moon