We really walked on the Moon…

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We all heard about this conspiration rumors which claimed that the Apollo missions were never a success and nobody ever walked on the Moon. Just be reassured, I am not going to advertise this crazy theory :-) It is based on deformed facts and today we have some obvious proofs collected  by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and its high resolution camera.

Look at this picture released a few days ago:

The arrow indicates the position of the Eagle, the lunar module of the Apollo 11 mission.

And now this one:

This image shows the landing  side of the Apollo 14. The lunar module (Antares) and the astronaut footpath are visible.

Simply incredible no?
The spatial resolution (a.k.a. the level of details) will increase as the LRO spacecraft goes down toward the surface, but it clearly demonstrates the  improvement achieved with the high angular camera on board the LRO.

The NASA press release gives a bit more details and show additional images.

Clear Skies,


About Franck Marchis

Dr. Franck Marchis is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the Exoplanet Group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute since July 2007. Over the past 19 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. More recently, he has been also involved in the definition of new generation of AOs for 8 -10 m class telescopes and future Extremely Large Telescopes. He has developed algorithms to process and enhance the quality of images, both astronomical and biological. His currently involved in the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey, which consists in imaging exoplanets using an extreme AO system for the Gemini South telescope. This new instrument is capable of imaging and recording spectra of young Jupiter-like exoplanets orbiting around nearby stars.

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