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ToSeek
2001-Nov-20, 06:37 PM
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In The Moon and the Western Imagination Scott Montgomery shows that the Moon is not just an astronomical object orbiting the Earth at a distance of 300 million miles.

from

http://www.planetary.org/html/storecat/books.html

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CJSF
2001-Nov-20, 07:58 PM
I don't see the BA here. The book is investigating what the Moon MEANS or MEANT to various cultures.

CJSF

Bob
2001-Nov-20, 08:02 PM
On 2001-11-20 14:58, Christopher Ferro wrote:
I don't see the BA here. The book is investigating what the Moon MEANS or MEANT to various cultures.

CJSF



300 million miles? That's a 3 orders of magnitude error.

Valiant Dancer
2001-Nov-20, 08:09 PM
On 2001-11-20 13:37, ToSeek wrote:
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In The Moon and the Western Imagination Scott Montgomery shows that the Moon is not just an astronomical object orbiting the Earth at a distance of 300 million miles.

from

http://www.planetary.org/html/storecat/books.html

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Right on here. 300 Million. whoa. That must be some big honkin' huge rock.

-- "Do not bother me with triffles" -- Inego Montoya -- The Princess Bride

Mr. X
2001-Nov-20, 08:12 PM
Heheheh, 300 million miles. Funky! /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

David Hall
2001-Nov-21, 12:19 PM
I guess the hoax believers were right then. There's no way we could have sent anyone out that far in the 1960's. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif

CJSF
2001-Nov-21, 01:15 PM
300 million miles? That's a 3 orders of magnitude error.


OOPS. Missed that. My bad!

CJSF

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GrapesOfWrath
2001-Nov-26, 05:57 PM
It's actually more like 400 million meters, is it not? Someone must have mistaken an m. for an m.