Apollo 17 site photographed by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Apollo 17 site photographed by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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.

Apollo 17 site photographed by Lunar Reconnaissance OrbiterThe 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.

Apollo 17 site photographed by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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.


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2 Comments on “Apollo 17 site photographed by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter”

  1. Ok, So please just answer this one simple question…How do you know these images are genuine? I think your answer has to be simply because your government told you they were. I’m just going to make a wild guess here that you didn’t actually take the photos or personally oversee the path they took to get from the satellite to the public. You have waaaay too much faith in your government my friend.

  2. Read this and educate yourself:

    The Apollo Program collected 382 kilograms (840 lb) of Moon rocks during the six manned missions. Analyses by scientists worldwide all agree that these rocks came from the Moon — no published accounts in peer-reviewed scientific journals exist that dispute this claim.

    The Apollo samples are easily distinguishable from both meteorites and Earth rocks in that they show a lack of hydrous alteration products, they show evidence for having been subjected to impact events on an airless body, and they have unique geochemical traits. Furthermore, most are more than 200 million years older than the oldest Earth rocks. The Moon rocks also share the same traits as Soviet samples…

    Aside from NASA, a number of groups and individuals observed the Apollo missions as they happened. On later missions, NASA released information to the public explaining where and when the spacecraft could be sighted. Their flightpaths were tracked using radar and they were sighted and photographed using telescopes. Also, radio transmissions between the astronauts on the surface and in orbit were independently recorded.


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