Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Moon Landings

Five of the six Apollo landing sites were snapped by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a new NASA spacecraft with a spy-satellite grade camera, being used to map out likely landing sites for future missions.

It only managed to spot the landing stages because the sun was low over the moon, casting long shadows from the 3m high modules. The pictures were taken before LRO reached its final mapping orbit, so future views should have two to three times higher resolution.

Other man-made items LRO might be able to see in future include Apollo rocket stages crashed into the lunar surface and Russia's

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