Amazon.com Widgets
moon landing tag
COMMENT
Featured Site

Detailed Moon Photos Show Astronauts’ Tracks

Thu March 3, 2011

LROC NAC image of the Apollo 14 landing site with astronaut tracks. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

LROC NAC image of the Apollo 14 landing site with astronaut tracks. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s (LRO) special high resolution wide-angle camera and two narrow-angle cameras, we now have the most detailed moon shots ever taken. The narrow-angle cameras took photos of the Apollo 14 landing site which show the paths made by the astronauts during their mission.

The wide-angle camera weighs under a kilogram, has an aperture of 1.2 mm across, focal length of 6 mm, and fits in the palm of a hand.

In all, the most recent set of 1,300 B&W frames were used to create a mosaic of the near side of the moon measuring 24,000 pixels across.

Read more at: NASA.

source Toronto Star

COMMENT
-->

COMMENT
Editorial, Fun Stuff

Man first walked on the Moon July 20, 1969

Mon July 20, 2009


On July 16, 1969, 40 years ago, Apollo 11 blasted off the Kennedy Space Center on its way to the Moon with Neil A. Armstrong (commander), Michael Collins (command module pilot) and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (lunar module pilot) on board.

On July 20, history was made when the Eagle lunar module (LM) landed on the Moon. “HOUSTON, TRANQUILITY BASE HERE. THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.” As Neil Armstrong stepped off the LM, the world hear him say, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

Besides a TV camera, small-film cameras, and a special camera for near-distance stereoscopic shots of the moon, there were also three Hasselblad 500ELs.

Affixed to the leg of the lunar landing vehicle (which was left behind) is a plaque bearing a map of the Earth and this inscription:

HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH
FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON
JULY 1969 A.D.
WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND

Related Links:
- Nasa HD Videos
- Nasa Interactive
- http://www.pixcetera.com/pixcetera/apollo-11-40th-anniversary/62357
- http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11.step.html
- http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11.html
- http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/a11-hass.html
Moon Myths Busted
- How Apollo 11 Got to the Moon

Search for more news:

COMMENT
-->