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July 25, 2009

Next they'll tell us the LRO is a hoax

APOLLO LANDING SITES IMAGED BY LRO!

This is so so so freaking cool: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken pictures of the Apollo landing sites!

Holy Haleakala!

That's EXACTLY how I pictured it would look. That picture [of the Apollo 11 site - JdJ] shows the lower half of the Lunar Module, the part that stayed behind on the Moon when Armstrong and Aldrin blasted back up off the surface. It was essentially dead weight, so the LM was designed to split in half, with the top half (the aptly-named Ascent Module — click on the diagram on the right for details) going back up into orbit to meet with Michael Collins in the Command Module. From there they returned to Earth.

This is an LRO image of the Apollo 14 site.

LRO_Apollo_14.jpg

Posted by joke du jour at July 25, 2009 06:03 PM

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