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Old 18-07-2009, 08:24 AM
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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photos of Apollo LEMs & astronaut trails

Not too sure if this has been posted here already, but NASA's LRO has picked up the bottom stages of the LEMs from several of the Apollo landing sites, as well as the trail of footprints of the Apollo 14 astronauts between the LEM and the experimental packages.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LR...ollosites.html

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Old 18-07-2009, 09:01 AM
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WOW. Thanks for posting Dennis!

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Old 18-07-2009, 09:09 AM
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Simply awesome....

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Fake !
Just kidding, see what all the doubters say now.
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WOW! I didn't know it would return those type of pictures so soon!

Absolutely amazing!
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Old 18-07-2009, 10:21 AM
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Some more commentary here by Phil Plaitt, the Bad Astonomer.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...imaged-by-lro/
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Old 18-07-2009, 12:51 PM
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That's awesome! Thanks for posting Dennis.

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Appollo sites phoographed !!!!

Just recieved this link.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned its first imagery of Apollo landing sites.


http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...htm?list987402

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Old 18-07-2009, 01:02 PM
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Never leave your vehicle parked in a dodgy part of the solar system

What's even more remarkable is that if you enhance the images further,
apparently someone has come along and stripped the tyres off all three
Lunar Rovers.
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Thanks Tony for the link. Very good to see it wasn't a hoax after all ... :-)

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Amazing images indeed!

I was watching "In the shadow of the Moon" again last night, and then today here are the images!
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Ahhhh "Google Moon" at it's greatest!
Been waiting for this day for a long time.
Almost as good as the landing. Even though I wasn't born yet.
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Excellent resolution on the cameras, there. Looking forward to more great piccies.
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Great images,thanks for the post
I look forward to the higher resolution images
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Lunar landers imaged

Fire up your conspirocies! NASA's LRO satellite has imaged the landing sites of Apollo 11, 14, 15, 16 and 17. These shots were taken from a higher orbit than it's future operational altitude, so NASA expects future resolutions 3 times better than these.
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I think this finally proves that they went to the moon, which i always believed.
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I agee that they went. Way too difficult then & now to try to dupe the boys & girls at Tidbinbilla. Though the photos that were 'taken' by Apollo 11, well, I'm not sure the cameras they had were upto the task. Alot riding on this & they needed pics. They did get their act together for later missions & used gear that could handle the conditions.

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Old 20-07-2009, 02:16 PM
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Though the photos that were 'taken' by Apollo 11, well, I'm not sure the cameras they had were upto the task. Alot riding on this & they needed pics. They did get their act together for later missions & used gear that could handle the conditions.
If you are referring to the still cameras, I think that the cameras the astronauts used were modified Hassleblads, the Rolls Royce of cameras back in those days. Not sure what film stock they used though?

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I had heard that the cameras were Hassleblads too. I do remember hearing about 'fears' that the cameras may not be able to protect the film, so the idea was to have these photos as a stand-by. Mind-you, they were taking photos since the Geminii project, so the fears were based on what? Penny pinching in the weight stakes to return the astronauts home may have ment turfing heavier, well protected cameras. The astronauts weighed the moon rocks before lifting off the moons surface to make sure that the new gross weight of the LM fell within limits. Rocks over photos?

The reason I say this is that I have always been bugged by the fading light in the background in these photos, which shouldn't be, & it is uniform in the subsequent missions.
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Old 20-07-2009, 05:11 PM
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They replayed that shot of Buzz Aldrin dealing with that whacko conspiricy nut this morning, while I 'd seen it before I'd never heard the audio, it sure didn't sound like he missed him

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOo6aHSY8hU
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