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By on August 24, 2011, with 25 Comments

Throughout the ages, man has tried to better understand our closest celestial neighbor through myths and science. Our knowledge of the moon has changed over and over again as we learn more and more about the crater-covered satellite. And research is still changing what we believe.

Earlier this month, a report was released, showing that the moon may be 200 million years younger than researchers previously believed, dating at about 4.36 billion years old. This information came from the detailed inspection of a moon rock that was brought back to Earth by the Apollo 16 astronauts back in 1972. The discovery only applies if the moon was in fact created when a Mars-sized rock crashed into the still molten Earth and shot debris into orbit around us. Since this is the current theory most scientists believe, it means that either the collision occurred much later than they thought, or that the moon was created some other way entirely.

Of course, since the dawn of time, children have looked up at the moon and fantasized about being able to pluck it from the sky if only they had ladder tall enough. That’s why I love this playful series of images by photographer Laurent Lavender showing people interacting with the moon in all kinds of ways. We’ve featured some of his images before and while they may not be the strongest illusions featured here, they are stunning photos that truly capture the childhood feeling of being able to reach out to the moon and turn it in to a new toy!

Check the below gallery for rest of the shots:

  • samwan


  • Artemis Fowl

    That’s a lot of photos but they’re all NEAT.

    Artemis Fowl ~

    • Rose

      Your name . Is so . Epic .

  • eee efff geee

    Cool illusions I love them all very creative

  • Jeffrey

    Wow, very imaginative. I love it.

  • Xavier Kreiss

    Excellent ! But one remark : “her” images ? Laurent is a French ( or French-speaking ) man’s name. BTW I’m French myself.

    • http://jillharness.com Jill Harness

      Thanks Xavier, I changed that for you

  • Care Bear

    I like these views of our nearest planet, but then I’m a moon child.

    • May

      The moon isn’t a planet. But I like the pictures too!

  • Stanley

    That is really cool. I like it.

  • 1WordOnly


    • someone

      You are so wrong

  • Todd Mason

    Very creative.

  • gruff

    When you are the Moon, it’s nice to have your own space, in space.

  • Rick

    NICE !

  • Alys

    If the moon might be years younger than previously thought, then shouldn’t it be “the collision occurred much LATER than they thought”, not “earlier”?

    • http://jillharness.com Jill Harness

      Thanks Alys. I changed that.

  • Arnest

    This is really amazing. I love to see it,

  • http://itallchanges.com Cynthia (It All Changes)

    These put my covering the moon with my thumb pictures too shame.

    They look great!

  • http://www.sewmuchsunshine.blogspot.com Nicole

    These are brilliant! Makes me want to frolic outside & play with the moon.

  • nadia syed


  • http://www.lasikplus.com/locations-doctors/location/alexandria Salma Dee

    Thanks Laurent Lavender for such wonderful images. Its really nice and inspiring. Eventhough i have seen pictures with theme like this for monuments this is the first time moon is being portrayed for such wonderful images. great work. Thanks Jill for sharing this information

  • autumns_eden

    This is so beautiful and magical!

  • kiethlyn

    it reminds of the fairytale The Princess and the Moon,so amazing.

  • suor de sapo

    pareidolia at #3