Apollo 11 landing site dawn to dusk

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, we can see much of what Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left behind on the Moon from the Apollo 11 mission. I made this GIF animation from LRO images courtesy of NASA and the University of Arizona. The resolution of the images is 0.5 m / pixel. These images taken from lunar orbit were made between 2009 and 2011, forty years after the Apollo mission. You can see the Lunar Excursion module descent stage, the shadows it casts on the lunar surface, and at mid-day the foot paths that astronauts left in the lunar soil.

The paths show the astronauts trip to deploy a seismograph and the Laser Ranging RetroReflector and a trip to the nearby Little West Crater. The LRRR is used to monitor the distance to the Moon from a ruby laser at McDonald Observatory with a precision of better than 0.3 meters. The LRRR and seismometer are also visible in some of the images when the sun is at the right angle. You can see the original images yourself for all of the Apollo landing sites and the impact sites of other lunar probes at LROC Featured Lunar Sites.

Wikipedia has a nice summary of the abundant Third-party evidence for the Apollo Moon Landings.

Content created: 2018-01-21




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