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Best Views Yet Of Historic Apollo Landing Sites

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 04:37:42 -0500
Archived: Fri, 09 Mar 2012 04:37:42 -0500
Subject: Best Views Yet Of Historic Apollo Landing Sites

Source: UniverseToday.Com


March 7, 2012

Best Views Yet Of Historic Apollo Landing Sites
by Jason Major


Just over 42 years after Neil and Buzz became the first humans
to experience the =93stark beauty=94 of the lunar surface, the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the remnants of their visit in
the image above, acquired Nov. 5, 2011 from an altitude of only
15 miles (24 km). This is the highest-resolution view yet of the
Apollo 11 landing site!

The Lunar Module=92s descent stage, a seismic experiment monitor,
a laser ranging reflector (LRRR, still used today to measure
distances between Earth and the Moon) and its cover, and a
camera can be discerned in the overhead image=85 as well as the
darker trails of the astronauts=92 bootprints, including
Armstrong=92s jaunt eastward to the rim of Little West crater.

The crater was the furthest the Apollo astronauts ventured; in
fact, if you take the total area Neil and Buzz explored it would
easily fit within the infield of a baseball diamond!

Neil Armstrong=92s visit to the crater=92s edge was an unplanned
excursion. He used the vantage point to capture a panoramic
image of the historic site:


[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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