The largest, shining object in Earth's starlit night sky, our Moon has long been the source of mystery, myth, and poetry--a captivating inspiration for those who stare at the sky in wonder. But Earth's Moon is a very real object--the only body beyond our own planet that we have actually set foot upon, leaving our lingering footprints in its distant, alien dust. Earth's Moon has been with us almost from the very beginning, and even though it is our planet's closest companion in space, it has nonetheless managed to keep some of its ancient secrets very well. In September 2015, astronomers released a new study that shed light on Earth's bewitching companion's ancient and secretive past. Although our Moon now appears to be unchanging, as if it has always been exactly the same as it appears now--going through its beautiful and, yet, familiar phases, and controlling our ocean tides--in the distant past, things were actually very different.
Other authors make similar assertions. In Our Mysterious Spaceship Moon (Dell, 1975), author Don Wilson publishes the following conversation between the Eagle crew and Mission Control, presumably picked up by ham radio operators during a broadcast interruption attributed by NASA to an "overheated camera":
It has been documented that there is an hour and half time frame where this has the greatest impact forty five minutes before the moon rise or set and forty five minutes after a moon rise or set. It would be a good idea to be fishing one hour before and the hour after the moon rise or set event. Fishing during these two periods will increase your fishing success it is guaranteed. You do not want to forget about the hour before and hour after the sun rises and sets also, but if you have to choose between the two you are better off going with the moon rise or set since it has the greatest impact.