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NASA releases stunning photos of Apollo landing sites

apollo11_optNASA has released images of the Apollo landing sites from the surface of the moon that were returned by the space agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

The amazing photos show the missions' lunar modules as well as astronauts' footpaths and instruments that remain on the surface of the moon.

NASA said the LRO captured the images between July 11 and July 1. The agency said the images were taken before the LRO reached its final mapping orbit and expected future images to have two to three times greater resolution.

"The LROC team anxiously awaited each image," LROC principal investigator Mark Robinson of Arizona State University said. "We were very interested in getting our first peek at the lunar module descent stages just for the thrill – and to see how well the cameras had come into focus. Indeed, the images are fantastic and so is the focus."

The Apollo program, which began in 1963 and ran through 1972, was designed to land humans on the moon and return them safely to earth. Six of the missions achieved that goal, starting with Apollo 11 in July of 1969.

NASA said the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) was able to image five of the six Apollo sites, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.

Click on the thumbnails to reveal larger images.



Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.

For more information on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, click here.


Comments (3)
3 Thursday, 06 August 2009 06:44
Saleem Rustom
I was a 7 yo kid when Neil Armstrong Walked on the moon, and to this day I remember the exact spot where i was looking at the moon in the western sky wit people around me saying "Armstrong has walked on the moon".

With no TV at that time we listened to it on radio. Amazing that man could accomplish this.

Saleem Rustom
2 Monday, 20 July 2009 12:50
All you stupid people who think it was a fake NO!!!
This was real!!!!!!
This Really Happend
We're going back with ARES.
Long live Apollo 11
1 Monday, 20 July 2009 10:01
Stephen Newman
I am 42, and my first memories are standing on the front lawn of our home in Fresno, California…as Apollo 13 zoomed to the moon in April of 1970. The news of returning home 3 Americans with a broken Service Module filled my family room with family, friends and prayers. We all hoped for Fred Hayes, Jack Swigert and Jim Lovell to return safely! I can remember the success of this failure of this mission, so if the moon landing are indeed hoaxed as some idiots believe - why work in a failure?

I never doubted the Apollo Missions, not even for a second. The footpaths and images taken from the LRO are undeniable, some people will require seeing it for will just never make them happy. What about the Japanese or Russia, both have confirmed the Apollo landings with satellites and imaging confirmation. Besides, who would fake landings what like 6 times, Apollo 11,12,14,15,16,17?

God Bless our success and may Obama push for a return to the Moon and Mars! Thank you to all those at NASA, Sub-Contractors, Astronauts, and all the Americans it took to make this incredible dream a reality.

Stephen Newman
Daytona Beach, FL.

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