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Only one member of the human race is missing from this 1969 photograph

There are iconic photographs well known to most of us, and this image, taken by Michael Collins, is especially significant.  It shows the lunar module Eagle, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on board and the Earth in the background. What is so unusual about this photograph is that Michael Collins is the only inhabitant of planet Earth, dead or alive or still to be born, that does not appear in it.

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  • edaddy June 29, 2017, 5:41 PM

    Putting myself in Michael Collins’ shoes, I have never felt so lonely. We really do need each other.

  • Jessie June 29, 2017, 5:49 PM

    What happened to Mondo Bizarro?

    Miss old website format 🙁

  • Daphne June 29, 2017, 5:59 PM

    I don’t visit much anymore and when I do, rarely leave a comment. My life is busy in other ways these days, but you still stay on my mind.

    I love the new header and format, Gerard. It’s gorgeous and fresh.

    Best to you and much love.

  • Buzz Killington June 29, 2017, 6:39 PM

    Ummm, what about everybody on the back half of earth?

  • Millie_woods June 29, 2017, 7:34 PM

    What a lonely thought. I wonder if Michael Collins realized that at the time.

  • itor June 29, 2017, 8:42 PM

    Huh, no stars visible. That’s weird, since stars can be seen
    even with a full moon.

    Must be the full earth, or the fstop?

  • jrc June 30, 2017, 6:31 AM

    Seems quite a stretch to appear poetic.

  • Nori June 30, 2017, 6:55 AM

    The force of will to maintain his own sanity is remarkable. America still produces men of this caliber,they just are not venerated as they once were.

  • Eskyman June 30, 2017, 12:24 PM

    I was one of the tiny, insignificant cogs in the machine which accomplished this wonder; I’ll always be proud of that.

    I’ll always miss the country which could bring about such achievements. Maybe it will live again; I hope so.