posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 10:23 AM
My biggest beef with this entire thing is that David Scott (who deserves credit for doing this, a very nice memorial idea) then walked all over it.
Literally. He stomped around, stuck the plaque into the moonscape a little, and then plopped the statue into his footprints.
No he didn't. That's not just wrong, it is an outrageous, mean-spirited mis-characterization.
Look at the picture again: Those marks under the figure are not a footprint. They do not have the consistent intervals, flat areas or squared-off
impressions from a lunar boot.
Those are the fingerprint left by Dave Scott's glove as he carefully placed the memorial to his friends & colleagues onto the soft
He could have at least kneeled there to put it in the soil, probably from the side or behind, and placed the statue down.
That is precisely what he did. If you look at the uncropped photo
, you can see his
knee-prints at the bottom of the image, and (to the left of the figure) the imprint of his left fist as he braced himself while he positioned the
figure & plaque with his right hand. Also note that, far from "stomping around", there are no
footprints near the memorial (I think those
are toe-prints in the lower-right corner, but I'm not sure).
In the pressurized spacesuit, it was difficult to kneel and even harder
to bend at the waist. Standing up again had its own challenges, and he
had to be careful not to accidentally kick dust onto the memorial (though you can see some kicked soil on the lower-left). This was not an easy task
for Dave Scott, but he did it anyway, respectfully and even reverently, because he felt that this is what these men deserved.
Please consider your words more carefully before posting such a harsh characterization.