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The Moon Is a Rorschach Test for Humankind

For millennia, we have stared up at Earth’s glowing companion and found a plethora of shapes and stories in its features.
Source: NASA

From our vantage point on Earth, humanity has only ever seen, and will always see, one side of the moon. Our planet’s gray companion rotates on its axis at the same speed that it orbits Earth, a celestial arrangement that keeps the same side perpetually turned toward us.

The landscape has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of millions of years, but we human beings have managed to imagine all kinds of patterns in its craters, where molten lava once flowed, carved into existence by the cosmic collisions that shaped our home in the cosmos. We have turned the moon into a canvas, etching fables and fantasies across its

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