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capoetc
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posted 06-07-2010 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting story in this morning's USA Today: Apollo 12 art caper: Does the moon harbor a tiny museum?
One small step for man, one giant leap for modern art?

Andy Warhol and five other artists likely left a 1969 calling card -- a so-called moon museum of six sketches etched in miniature on a penny-wide ceramic chip -- on the Apollo 12 lunar lander, an upcoming PBS show concludes.

The miniature ceramic chip bearing art by Any Warhol, et al, if it actually was on board the Apollo 12 lunar module, begs the question: How many other small mementos were placed on board lunar modules on the moon? How many workers wrote their kids names in an inconspicuous spot on a lander?

I bet there are lots of them...

dfox
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posted 06-07-2010 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dfox   Click Here to Email dfox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great story!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-15-2010 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Interplanetary art smuggler sought by PBS detectives for moon mystery questioning

In November 1969, a plot was launched to smuggle potentially priceless works of art by the likes of Warhol and Rauschenberg out of the country. Despite it being carried out during one of the century's most widely watched events, the art was lifted in secret and deposited a quarter of a million miles away, where only a dozen men would ever visit...

music_space
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posted 06-18-2010 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always though that the LM was a work of art in itself. For one thing, the thermal wrappings makes it look like an artpiece from Christo.

I was always glad that though the booster proudly displayed the colors of the nation who endeavoured the first Moon explorations, the CM-CSM and the LM flew and landed unadorned, "for all mankind".

thump
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posted 06-18-2010 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The LM had an American Flag and the words United States...

music_space
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posted 06-19-2010 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops...!

moorouge
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posted 07-07-2010 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This sounds very much like the story that the Apollo 11 crew left an advertisement on the Moon for a hotel in Acapulco.

All times are CT (US)

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