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    Default the moon up close ?

    Hello Everyone,

    What does " the Moon up close " mean in the following sentence?

    The first three men to see the Moon up close soon realised---with a much deeper sense of reverence--that they were the first three men to see the Earth from a distance.

    Does it mean that they see the moon rising close?

    Here the first three men refers to the the crew of the Apollo 8, who left the earth and then orbitted around the moon.

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    Default Re: the moon up close ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,


    What does the Moon up close mean in the following sentence?


    The first three men to see the Moon up close soon realised---with a much deeper sense of reverence---that they were the first three men to see the Earth from a distance.


    Does it mean " see the moon rising close"?


    Note: the first three men refers to the the crew of APOLLO 8, who left the earth and then orbited around the moon.


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    Sky
    To "see up close" means that you see from a short distance; to see when you are near.

    It doesn't mean to see the moon "rising" close. (They didn't see the moon as "rising" at all -- it was always in their field of view and never blocked by the earth.)

    It means that they were the first people who ever got near the moon, the first who ever had a chance to look at it from a close range or a short distance.

    > "The scientist bent over to see the insect up close."

    > "She looked like Sally when she was far away, but when I saw her up close, I saw that she was not really a lookalike."

    > "I've never seen a shark up close -- luckily!"

    > "There were so many people at the rock concert that I didn't get a chance to see Mick Jagger up close."

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    Default Re: the moon up close ?

    Moon up close means that they were quite near to the moon and could see it very clearly - from a less distance.

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