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LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites- New Photos Of Apollo Lunar Modules On The Moon

LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites07.17.09 NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or 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.

The satellite reached lunar orbit June 23 and captured the Apollo sites between July 11 and 15. Though it had been expected that LRO would be able to resolve the remnants of the Apollo mission, these first images came before the spacecraft reached its final mapping orbit. Future LROC images from these sites will have two to three times greater resolution.

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  • At last something to shut those non beleivers up. i bet there are still some muppets who will say its fake. 2 words LASER REFLECTORS !!!

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  • The footpath photo must be very cool for the astronaut who left them to look at. To think that you can see his same prints he took all those years ago.

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    • No wind, no continental plates, etc. Only thing that could disturb that stuff would be comets, astroids, space debris, and anything else you can think of that stikes the moon (or lands on it :P ).

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    • Oops, and no moisture...

      Did ya know that it is impossible to make a solid impression in powdered material unless there is moisture ?

      Don't believe, look it up.

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    • wiki:

      "The clumping behavior of a powder arises because of the molecular Van der Waals force that causes individual grains to cling to one another. Actually, this force is present not just in powders, but in sand and gravel, too. However, in such coarse granular materials the weight and the inertia of the individual grains are much larger than the very weak Van der Waals forces, and therefore the tiny clinging between grains does not have a dominant effect on the bulk behavior of the mater More..

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    • LOL, "Van Der Waals" force...

      That is an electrostatic action which requires an atmosphere last time I checked.

      Not really applicable to the moon.

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    • Well, you are correct about it being an electrostatic force between molecules, but you are wrong about the atmosphere part of your comment.

      "Look it up if you dont believe me"

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  • I know, the United States didnt go to the moon, Bush brought down the towers, there are no such thing as aliens, God couldnt possibly exist unless he is Obama..

    Some of you folks out there need to go visit Mischa Barton.. and bring your tin foil dome cap.

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  • I don't doubt that we landed on the moon, but when NASA has some insanely good lenses at their disposal, at least give a photo a little more definitive than a white speck.

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    • You may not have read the entire description:

      "The satellite reached lunar orbit June 23 and captured the Apollo sites between July 11 and 15. Though it had been expected that LRO would be able to resolve the remnants of the Apollo mission, these first images came before the spacecraft reached its final mapping orbit. Future LROC images from these sites will have two to three times greater resolution."

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    • The article I read said said the equipment needs to be calibrated. These are just baseline. One they get the settings right, the photos should improve a great deal.

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    • Thanks, makes much more sense.

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  • You can also go to the link below and see each photo in large detail which shows them alot better, Not great but better. Well see what the photos look like when the LSO gets into its final orbit.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html

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  • I would love to see those images in a better resolution!

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  • A small speck. Yep, that confirms it.

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  • For all we know, that could be a close-up of Edward Olmos' face.

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  • I wonder if the landing sites can be designated historic areas and off limits to tampering?

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    • at the succesful end of the apollo 11 mission i tried to imagine how a future space museum on the moon might look like: a huge pressurized cupola spanning over the first landing site, with the lander still sitting in the dust, where it had touched down a century before. a gently curved gangway leading around the historic footsteps under a display made of stainless steel and thick glass. info screens along the way, showing the original footage and technical data of the mission for the tourists. More..

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    • I'm sure this will happen one day. And I'm sure it will be run-properly-by a director from Germany. ;)

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  • Unreal resolution , God this stuff is awesome!

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  • Im sure they will say the modules were put there recently. Its all a scam! HAHAHA

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  • It's the alien secret base, there comin' right at us. THEY'RE COMIN' RIGHT AT US!!!!!

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  • i looked on nasas website too and all i can say is what a load of rubbish! you cant see anything, even when you zoom in on pics lmao!

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  • Apollo 16 missed the crater......

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  • http://img1.hidemyass.com/img/2R7kP.jpg

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  • Awesome post

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  • Personally I am not worried about the landing sights. I am much more concerned about the presence of huge arrow looking objects on the face of the moon. What are they. Who put them there. They are obviously man made. Could they threaten our historic landing sights? My enquiring mind wants to know.

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  • Just what precious insight do you Apollo-hoaxsters possess that for decades has evaded the best and the brightest in Moscow and Beijing? If anyone had a vested--nay, dire interest in proving the Apollo landings a hoax, it would be those guys. Hell, even the French might consider taking a shot at it.

    If the Russians had even the *slightest* inkling that Apollo was a hoax, they would bend heaven and earth to smoke it out and rush a 1- or 2-man lander up there to put a lock on the history books. More..

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    • Dear oh dear oh dear.

      As Mr T used to say in the A-Team - 'I pity the fool'

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    • Do your research and you will see that man did indeed land on the moon, don't buy into the conspiracy theories, thats what idiots do.

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    • Ding, you win the using your brain award.
      (very infrequently given these days)

      A retro reflecting device in no way proves that any man set foot on the moon.

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    • If they were going to fake the fist landing, why didn't they fake Apollo 13 as well?

      NASA hs better things to worry about than convicing conspiracy theorists.

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    • The 800lbs of moon rocks brought back from apollo 11 is real evidence that we did go to the moon in 1969. Moon rocks have very different chemistry from rocks found here on Earth and different texture from moon meteorites found on Earth. Although unmanned probes have brought back samples of only a few grams, no unmanned craft would have been able to bring back 800lbs of that stuff (if it could, then it proves we had the technology to send men to the moon in 1969 and return them to Earth).

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  • an arrow pointing to blurs.good one NASA.keep 'em guessing aye?

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    • But I'm sure you will be first in line to say other blurs are some alien structures that NASA has known about for decades. And have been keeping secret from the public.

      Read the first comment....LASER REFLECTORS.

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    • nope.i'll be somewhere down the line saying 'laser reflectors mean nothing to me.'cat's eyes...now that helps me navigate the road system and gridlock.
      see what i'm getting at?the here and now of daily life.
      go cry on someone else's shoulder.

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