Archives for September 6, 2011

Apollo ‘footprints’ visible

Super. Cool.

WASHINGTON WLS – A spacecraft circling the moon has snapped the sharpest photos ever of the tracks and trash left behind by Apollo astronauts in their visits from 1969 to 1972.Images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from 13 to 15 miles up show the astronauts’ paths when they walked on the moon, as well as ruts left by a moon buggy. Experts could even identify the backpacks astronauts pitched out of their lunar landers before they returned to Earth.

via WLS 890AM.

There are nicely annotated ‘side by side’ shots, labeling what the objects are as seen during the lunar exploration (from the moon view) and their new overhead view.

Looking froward to the Google Earth version from the little car with the cameras on top.