Everyone knows who the first men to set heavy-booted feet on the silicon sediment of the Moon were. We all know the great Cold War-Space Race story between the USA and USSR and how those missions, both literally and figuratively jettisoned humanity into the Space Age. Unfortunately, by 1970 the Apollo 13 televised coverage was cancelled in favour of The Doris Day Show (it was switched back once news of an impending disaster emerged), and by 1972 it was all over after Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Jack Schmitt became the last to walk the Moon’s surface. For the official media Cernan announced: "We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” Yet privately, after turning to Schmitt, he continued: "OK, Jack, let's get this mother outta here."

This vignette is the historical prelude to Edgar Martins’s The Rehearsal

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