To the sound of much gnashing of teeth from assorted ‘OMG! The Moon Landings Were A Hoax’ nutters, NASA has released some astonishing photos clearly showing the site of the Apollo 17 landing.
The photographs were taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which shimmied into its 50-km mapping orbit last month, resulting in photos offering over twice the resolution of previous efforts.
The descent stage of the lunar module Challenger can be clearly seen in the photos, along with the tracks from astronauts Jack Schmitt and Gene Cernan as they went a-roamin’ around the dusty surface.
The site has been left untouched since the astronauts blasted off from the surface to rendezvous with the command module America way back in 14 December 1972.
Land your own
Readers keen to find out what piloting a lunar lander was like are advised to head over to the delightful seaside town of Southwold in Suffolk and try their hand at the DIY Lunar Lander.
While we’re busy enthusing about Moon-related matters, we simply have to urge to you to shell out for the superb Full Moon photo book by Michael Light, which contains the most incredible photos we’ve ever seen of the NASA missions.
If you’ve any interest in space exploration, we can’t recommend this book highly enough.