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I once held a moon rock. It was encased in metal, glass and vacuum, but still....

A moon rock.

I was a senior in High School, at the time. I was lecturing and writing shows for the city's Planetarium, and I was very active in the local Astronomy Club, which was affiliated with the Planetarium. The Planetarium Director also was the head of special science programming for the local schools, and he asked for volunteers to help set up a display being brought in by NASA outreach.

Being the space geek I was (and still am), I jumped at the chance to lug big padded boxes up multiple flights of stairs. And lug them down. And lug them up to another school's auditorium. For a whole week.

I loved every minute!

The NASA outreach coordinator, and chief speaker, was a great guy. Very knowledgeable, friendly, appreciative of our zeal.

The rock came in a heavy metal and glass enclosure. The glass was thick, almost looking armored. The container was several times as heavy as the small rock by itself.

The rock itself was held in the middle of the container by two rods that touched it at its top point and bottom. It looked like basalt-gray and slightly buff, and intricately pebbled. It was all sharp angles. Although its texture was rough, it sparkled, as all those microscopic angles, never softened by a single drop of water or zephyr of air, caught the light.

I stared at it from mere inches away, my breath fogged the thick glass.

The  rock seemed like an old friend by the end of the week, when it was hidden away once again in its padded, padlocked black box. White stenciled letters on the side gave no hint that the box contained a tiny bit of another world, carefully collected from the place it had laid for a billion years.

Somewhere in the world, there exists a photograph of me, in an Apollo pressure suit, idiotic grin clearly visible through the thick bubble helmet, holding a moon rock.

I wish I still had my copy.


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Tom Peters is an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. His early career included serving as Technical Illustrator at Interstel, subcontracting to NASA, supporting several projects related to the Space Shuttle.
Tom served as the Technical Editor for Digest Group Publications, as well as providing many illustrations within the DGP product line, producing material for the TRAVELLER RPG.
Tom has provided art work for almost every version of Traveller, including MegaTraveller, Traveller: The New Era, Marc Miller’s Traveller, and GURPS Traveller.
In addition to his illustrations for Traveller, Tom has provided art work for West End Games’ TORG, Game Designers’ Workshop’s Traveller:2300 (later changed to 2300 A.D.), Space:1889, and Challenge magazine , FASA’s Renegade Legion, and Battletech games, among others. He was part of the design team that created Crimson Skies.
Tom’s involvement in the Game Industry continued through the ’90s, moving from the paper and pen field to computer gaming. He joined Virtual World Entertainment, Inc. In 1992 as an artist, working on concept art, interface design, and visual game development. He then migrated to graphic and marketing design and finished with the company as the Marketing Art Director. His completed computer game projects include TESLA BattleTech and Red Planet, Microprose’s MechCommander, Hasbro Interactive’s Axis and Allies: Iron Cross, and Microsoft’s MechAssault.
As a freelance Illustrator, he has provided cover paintings for acclaimed authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe Companion 1 and 2, as well as two of their Chap Books. He has worked with Science Fiction author Allen Steele on the visual and functional design of the spacecraft in Steele’s novel Spindrift.
Tom currently lives in Illinois, just west of Chicago, with his wife, Diane, and 4 semi-autonomous Greeligs. He works as an Adjunct Professor at DuPage Community College, teaching Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other digital graphic tools, and continues his career as a graphic artist and illustrator.

Current Residence: Just west of Chicago
Personal Quote: If God could do the tricks we can do, he'd be a happy man!


• I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true. [Carl Sagan, The Burden Of Skepticism]


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JamesF63 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave :huggle:
blacklion68 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018
Happy one lap of the giant light bulb day!:) (Smile) 
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Happy Birthday.
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Happy Birthday!
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