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Eagle’s Landing

390491main_apollo11_20090929_fullThe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter gets another look at the site of the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission in this image.

Aldrin carrying equipment

Aldrin carrying equipment

Visible here is the remaining descent stage of the lander, a couple of leave-behind scientific experiments and the tripod of a television camera, as well as a dark trail of footprints to “Little West” crater, left by Neil Armstrong’s thick moon boots.

Left alone, with no air, wind, rain, or any other natural weathering processes (other than a widely-dispersed but incessant rain of microscopic meteorites) these remnants of humanity’s first visit to the moon will linger for centuries, just as they were on the day they were left.

Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

By the way, if you’re one of those who still has doubts that we went to the Moon at all or perhaps fully subscribes to the whole “Moon Hoax” theory, I suggest you check out Phil Plait’s excellent article (and links therein) on his Bad Astronomy page here.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on October 4, 2009, in The Moon and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Eagle’s Landing.

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