Machu Picchu from above

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

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"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs." --San Antonio Express-News

An evening pause: A hike up Huayna Picchu, the mountain that looks down on Machu Picchu in Peru.


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One comment

  • Cotour

    500 years? 1000 years? 10,000 years ago? looking at these examples of cut and what looks like some other form of manipulation / shaping / melting this very hard stone in Peru. Not to mention how some of these stones are so seamlessly and on many complex faces fit together and internally cut. There are also examples of stone being scooped out in consecutive concave characterisitics in Egypt also. How the hell was some of this done? Some of it I can readily understand, but there are examples where I have not got a clue as to how the stone was dealt with. 16 min., no narration just examples of these anomalies.

    There clearly appears to be evidence and characteristics of saw cuts and core holes, possibly using diamond tipped blades (?) which would indicate some sort of steel (?). And there are strange examples that appear to be either some level of melting or chemical affects (???).

    Very strange considering that the assumed technology previous to relatively modern times was stone on stone type cutting and shaping. Very strage indeed.

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