The Moon Duke

Above is a photograph of a photograph that sits on the surface of the moon, too small to be detected by lunar satellites and thought to be slowly deteriorating as the shrink wrap reacts to temperature. The image was placed there in 1972 by Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke and inspired the cover artwork for ‘The Stars, Like Dust’, combining a spontaneous human gesture with something distant and desolate. You can read the full story of the original photograph here and I think there’s something really touching about it. 🌕