Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Sends Photos of Apollo Moon landing sites

July 18, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, which originally launched on 18 June has captured images of Apollo landing sites on the Moon, revealing hardware and a trail of footprints left on the lunar surface. Perhaps a blow to the many that the Apollo moon missions were staged?

The release of the images comes two days before the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the Moon by Apollo 11, which touched down on the Moon on 20 July 1969.

The camera instrument was able to capture five of the six Apollo sites between July 11 and 15, with the remaining Apollo 12 site expected to be photographed in the coming weeks.

The image of the Apollo 14 landing site shows a set of scientific instruments placed by the astronauts at the landing site,as are the faint trails between the module and instrument package left by the astronauts’ footprints, in the lunar dust.

Beside the photos, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is on a mission to map the lunar surface in preparation for the planned return of astronauts to the moon in 2020. It carries instruments designed to search for ice deposits in sunless canyons and crevices; those deposits could be a source of water and rocket fuel for future moon colonists.  The lunar images can be viewed on the NASA website, at www.nasa.gov .

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