The Moon for All Mankind

IYA2009-moon-mankind

This is a mosaic of our Moon composed of images taken by 40 countries from all over the world called “The Moon for All Mankind”. Malaysia has also contributed a small piece to this Moon, see if you can find it.

Most of these images were taken during the May or June full moons of 2009, but some were far older, such as Italy’s four hundred year old sketch by Galileo Galilei. The mosaic also features the Russian Luna 2 – the first unmanned spacecraft to land on the Moon, the Apollo programme, the EU Smart-1 spacecraft, the Chinese Change 1 probe, the Japanese Kaguya probe and the Indian Chandrayaan-1 probe to the Moon.

The project was coordinated by Malta, an archipelago of small islands in the Mediterranean, as part of the events for International Year of Astronomy 2009.

The font used in the project is Futura, the same font used on the plaque that was fixed to the Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle, which read:

“HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969, A.D. WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND”

AS11-40-5899 Apollo11Plaque

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~ by thChieh on July 18, 2009.

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