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45 seconds of the train ride past the Matterhorn

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Humanity’s first era of Lunar exploration came to a close on this day in 1972, as the crew of Apollo 17 blasted off from the lunar surface. The crew would return to Earth on December 19. 

Spending nearly three days in the Taurus-Littrow valley, Jack Schmitt and Gene Cernan collected 264 pounds of rocks and soil over 22 hours of moonwalking. 

Schmitt, as Lunar Module Pilot, was the only professional scientist to walk on the Moon, whereas all other Apollo astronauts were pilots with geology training.

Seen in the third image above, Schmitt photographed the landing site shortly before closing the hatch on the Lunar module prior to takeoff. 

Many of the Lunar Rover’s tracks can be clearly identified with the orbital imagery taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter more than 40 years later in 2009.

P/C: NASA. Gifs: Age of Destruction.

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One of the rail lines buried by landslides during the recent Kaikoura Earthquake, New Zealand.

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I went to Alaska for New Year with my friend Dan; we spent a week travelling North from Anchorage by rail, 4x4 & light aircraft. I took along my A7SII for the trip. Towards the end of 2016 I desired a trip disconnected from technology & work, somewhere ‘into the wild’ that I could disconnect somewhat from life in London. After our Tens sunglasses (tens.co) campaign shoot in Mexico in December, I headed North to Vancouver and spent Christmas snowboarding. Alaska looked like the most logical stop after that for a week or so in the wilderness. The more (little) I researched and booked, I realised I should probably take a camera with me, but didn’t want to be inconvenienced by all the gear I usually travel with - FS7, 16mm kit etc. So just took the basics - instagram.com/p/BOm8XjQDs02. The verse is from a book I found in our cabin (instagram.com/p/BO31pi9hiJp) that really resonated with the journey. Marshall was an environmental activist who wrote extensively about Alaska in the early 20th Century.

Photos from the trip: instagram.com/getdeluxe

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Train ride past the Matterhorn.

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Ooh, train through the mountains in Alaska (I’d have expected more snow but also a really warm year there).

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Train Ride along a forested slope and a rocky, braided river channel from Montana.

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Train ride along the Colorado River, as it is one of the main routes through the mountains in that state.

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View of the Swiss Alps from Mount Pilatus, location of the steepest cog railway in the world.