Q. How does Scott describe his experience of twelve revolutions in the orbit of the moon before the landing on the moon?(Walking on the Moon by David R. Scott )
Ans. Sitting in their Lunar Module on the surface of the moon, Scott and Irwin wait for the dust to settle. Scott recalls the twelve revolutions in the lunar orbit aboard their spaceship “Endeavour”. One revolution was completed in two hours, one through the lunar night and the other in the lunar day. The night on moon was bright with the light reflected by earth. As the `Endeavour’ moved through strange darkness of space, they could see the cold fire of distant stars above, and the pitch black far side of the moon below.
Then the faint rays of light illuminated the moon’s horizon. A little later suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, the sun sprang up in its harsh dazzling glory. In the early lunar morning the colour of moon was pale brown which later turned into bright grey. As the sun reached its zenith, the moon’s surface looked white and almost featureless.’ The blazing light of the sun obscured the craters, canyons and hills which had looked prominent in the light and shade of the early lunar morning.