The moon fascinates and intrigues us.
Always there, familiar, so close and yet so far.
Joining all who look at it, wherever they are.
The moon has long influenced our lives.
Its pull affects the tides.
Its natural cycles coincide with our seasons, internal rhythms, moods, feelings.
As a child, I was intoxicated by the Apollo moon missions.
My bedroom plastered with star charts, maps of the moon, a moon globe, a large “Airifix” Saturn V rocket.
I remember watching the moon landing for the very first time, grainy black and white images.
Holding my breath with the world as we waited anxiously for Apollo 13 to appear in the skies.
Only this week I watched again 2001: A Space Odyssey with its eerie monolith on the moon, watched the fanciful ‘found footage’ of Apollo 18 downloaded over iTunes and finished reading Murakami’s 1Q84 with its strange and unsettling twin moons…
So, I thought I should search the web for a few specific associations between the Moon and Belgrade and Serbia.
I unearthed (unmooned?) a variety of intriguing references:
– a recent post on Karl Haudbourg’s blog in which he discusses the alleged link between the US space program and Serbia…
– this Youtube video which appears to document a trip to the moon by two Serbian astronauts…
– a forgotten film from 1993 entitled Full Moon over Belgrade
– a piece of moon rock held in the Muzej istorije Jugoslavije
– an article in ebritic which highlights the naming of craters on the moon after Geophysicist Milutin Milanković and astronomer Spiridon Gopčević
– a Serbian ballet at the Madlenianum, Ballad of the Stray Moon
– and finally a glimpse of fashion with Dusan Jaukovic’s Full Moon a fashion shoot for Morfium Couture
Back to earth now for belgradestreets.