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    Default Gravity is Less

    It doesn't look like there's been much work on this as of late, but just in case there are more lurkers like me, I thought I'd post!

    Here's a suggestion for the possible 'lie' in the 'Gravity is Less' image.

    In the illustration, an astronaut is shown with a hammer and a leaf.

    In the Apollo 15 mission, astronaut David Scott dropped his geology hammer and, not a leaf, but a falcon feather. He was demonstrating that, in a vacuum, both objects would fall to the ground at the same rate - a very nice tie-in with Wilder's gravity theme.

    A transcript of Scott's exact words can be found here:

    Apollo 15 Lunar Surface Journal

    Here's a little snippet:

    167:22:06 Scott: Well, in my left hand, I have a feather; in my right hand, a hammer. And I guess one of the reasons we got here today was because of a gentleman named Galileo, a long time ago, who made a rather significant discovery about falling objects in gravity fields. And we thought where would be a better place to confirm his findings than on the Moon.

    167:22:28 Scott: And so we thought we'd try it here for you. The feather happens to be, appropriately, a falcon feather for our Falcon. And I'll drop the two of them here and, hopefully, they'll hit the ground at the same time.
    An print by Alan Bean which very well may have inspired the image in the book can be found here:

    Hammer and Feather

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    Also, whilst we're mucking about with transcripts of space missions, Armstrong's famous quote was, "That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind".

    The inclusion of the 'a' in parentheses is a topic of debate. The original quote and discussion about the extra 'a' is here:

    One Small Step

    In Wilder's poem, Armstrong is quoted as saying, "A small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind".

    Perhaps the author is simply taking artistic licence, but I thought I might as well post, if nothing else because I found the discussion in the transcript about that extra article so intriguing!

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    Also, the hammer is like no geological hammer I've ever seen. It's like a Thor's hammer.
    http://www.superherotimes.com/news/i...ThorHammer.jpg

    The leaf looks like a finger from a Horse chestnut - or it could just be a really bad attempt at a feather...

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    Hmm, and the Space shuttle wouldn't be around either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillandglen View Post
    Hmm, and the Space shuttle wouldn't be around either...
    'every picture tells a story, every picture tells a lie'

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    Default um, is it just me?

    Has anyone else noticed that Pete Wilders grammar is useless? It might be a clue, or it might be nothing, but wouldn't you think an author could at least use capital letters properly?

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