At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art we recently saw some of the earliest pictures ever made, some of which were taken through telescopes. The ones of the moon were amazing, and I thought how that must have been to see a picture of the surface of the moon back in 1870. Without our first hand knowledge of what that heavenly body was really like. It seems so commonplace now doesn't it? We can't do that really, can we? Because we've seen with our own human eyes those moon rocks in the Smithsonian, and the astronauts have seen and told us about the thick moon dust, we have those photographs of the epic footprints that remain, and of course the left-behind flags and other space travel debris that litter the surface of our satellite.
Once you've (not personally but as the collective humankind), gone someplace, then it isn't ever the same mystery is it?