Daily Archives: October 1st, 2009

Moon Landing Proof?

Did we, or didn’t we land on the Moon in 1969?

Is this proof we did?

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A month after LROC’s first image of the Apollo 11 landing site was acquired, LRO passed over again providing LROC a new view of the historic site. This time the Sun was 28 degrees higher in the sky, making for smaller shadows and bringing out subtle brightness differences on the surface. The look and feel of the site has changed dramatically.

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The astronaut path to the TV camera is visible, and you may even be able to see the camera stand (arrow). You can identify two parts of the Early Apollo Science Experiments Package (EASEP) – the Lunar Ranging Retro Reflector (LRRR) and the Passive Seismic Experiment (PSE). Neil Armstrong’s tracks to Little West crater (33 m diameter) are also discernable (unlabeled arrow). His quick jaunt provided scientists with their first view into a lunar crater.

What I liked was the faint foot trail left by Armstrong going back and forth to the West Crater. Cool.

Did we go? You be the judge.

Apollo 11: Second Look