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“I guess I said that because it was magnificent,” he said. “We had gotten there, and it looked pretty desolate. But it was magnificent desolation. I think Neil remarked the beauty, too.” - Buzz Aldrin, recalling his first impression upon setting foot on the Moon during Apollo 11.

Perhaps one day, humans will again walk, and live, on the Moon. Until then, we'll have to make do with our imaginations and the images of the current generation of robotic spacecraft, like China's Chang'e program.

Because there is no haze or Rayleigh scattering in vacuum, distances can be hard to judge. I added in some survey poles to the scene to help establish a sense of scale (they're about 2 meters tall). There are 3 in the foreground. Can you spot the other 2?