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Ray Viator, now retired after more than 40 years as a journalist, editor, photographer and communications executive, is the author of Houston: People, Opportunity, Success and now, Houston, Space City USA. Almost 50 years ago, as those glued to television sets were collectively holding their breath while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin completed their lunar module landing tasks, we heard those now famous words: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." The Apollo 11 lunar landing forever cemented Houston as Space City in the eyes of the world. So when Houstonian Ray Viator set out to become a more accomplished photographer, he gave himself the challenge of taking a photo that illustrated that first* word: "Houston." The statue of Sam Houston in Hermann Park honors the centennial of Houston’s victory over the Mexican army at the battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The statue points eastward to San Jacinto, and also to the rising moon. Mission accomplished when he shot the statue of Sam Houston in the same frame as the moon. It's a vignette he's duplicated over and over again since that first challenge 20 years ago, though he's since learned that photographing the moon is no [...]

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