LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules' locations evident.
Except for the astronaut behind the camera, this photo contains every single human being who was alive at that moment.
The photo was taken by the astronaut Michael Collins while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were returning to the command module for the journey home after having landed on the moon. With the Earth in the background, it's a photo of everyone who was alive at the time. (Except for Michael Collins, of course.)
Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones
The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.
Apollo 11 Comes Home
The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic lunar landing mission. The fourth man in the life raft is a United States Navy underwater demolition team swimmer. All four men are wearing biological isolation garments.
Remembering Apollo 11
40 years ago, three human beings - with the help of many thousands of others - left our planet on a successful journey to our Moon, setting foot on another world for the first time. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the July 16, 1969 launch of Apollo 11 with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. aboard. The entire trip lasted only 8 days, the time spent on the surface was less than one day, the entire time spent walking on the moon, a mere 2 1/2…
Apollo 11: A giant leap for mankind - RocketSTEM
Featuring lesser known images from the mission, along with stories from those involved with the historical program, this special RocketSTEM article looks back at the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 and humanity's first steps on the Moon.