Apropos that on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the landing on the Moon, the latest US visitor and (hopefully) precursor to our return via the Constellation program, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged the location in Mare Tranquilis that was the site of Apollo 11’s landing (click on image to enlarge):

Tranquility Base, 17 July 2009

Note the object in the middle of the yellow box — that is the descent stage of the Eagle, left behind when Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the orbiting Command Module, Columbia, with Michael Collins still onboard:

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UPDATE:

Footprints on the moon — as seen from orbit (Apollo 14 landing site):

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(click on image for larger view)

1 Comment

  1. Byron

    That’s awesome, Scribe! Thanks for putting this up.

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