Buzz Aldrin's first words on the Moon were "Beautiful view. Magnificent desolation." Perhaps a sublimity equal to the words of Neil Armstrong. The moon isn't as accessible for the rest of us mortals, but Aldrin's words came to mind when flying over southern Greenland from Germany last year (August 19, 2013). I've been blessed with some time in lonely places of the world, and these phrases are not an oxymoron. Even if we might not get down there, so many more people can enjoy a similarly "magnificent desolation" than the select few men who have walked on another world.