Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on De...
Taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on December 24, 1968, showing the Earth seemingly rising above the lunar surface. Note that this phenomenon is only visible from someone in orbit around the Moon. Because of the Moon’s synchronous rotation about the Earth (i.e., the same side of the Moon is always facing the Earth), no Earthrise can be observed by a stationary observer on the surface of the Moon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A salmugundi

of cat dander, face powder, cigar ash, soil, pollen, insect poop, human skin.

DUST! Earth dust. I know it well, which is to say much better than MOON dust,

which is why that tiny NASA probe

is gradually going to let the Moon’s gravity pull it away from earth

so that it can dry mop under the bed

as it were

of those craters so as to figure out what all’s in THAT mixture.

I dare say it’s out of this world.


*Looking backward from Moon to Earth made me realize that all dust is not created equally, or at least isn’t the same, especially if it’s on the moon, where there are no humans, cats, or face powders–that we know of, at this point, anyway. –Patty

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