New: Apollo Landing sites Up-Close

Written by The Night Sky Guy on July 17, 2009 – 3:02 pm -

Arrow at Apollo 11 Lander

Arrow at Apollo 11 Lander

You have to check out the very cool images of the Apollo landing sites released today by NASA and taken by their new lunar probe- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.  You can clearly see the lunar lander descent stages casting long shadows on the ground. 

NASA states in its announcement, “The image of the Apollo 14 landing site had a particularly desirable lighting condition that allowed visibility of additional details. The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package, a set of scientific instruments placed by the astronauts at the landing site, is discernible, as are the faint trails between the module and instrument package left by the astronauts’ footprints.”

But wait, NASA is saying that in the next couple of months the orbiter will get an even closer look – 2 or 3 times better resolution images once it is in a stable orbit of 50 km above the lunar surface.  I wonder what more we’ll see then?

Apollo 14 Landing site with footprints and instruments visible

Apollo 14 Landing site with footprints and instruments visible

Take a peak at the rest of the hi-rez images released today on the official NASA webpage.

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