Moon: NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter revisited the Apollo 11 landing site

Deepak Gupta July 23, 2022
Updated 2022/07/23 at 1:36 PM

NASA is hard at work preparing the Artemis mission. After much speculation and waiting, the space agency has finally revealed a window for the launch of Artemis 1, the first part of the massive mission that aims to send humans back to the Moon. The revelation was made on July 20, 53 years after Neil Armstrong and his colleagues on the Apollo 11 mission landed on Earth’s natural satellite.

In this commemoration, the Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter revisited the Apollo 11 landing site.

Humanity walked on the moon 53 years ago

On the 20th of July, International Moon Day, marked the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. To celebrate, NASA has released a video that revisits the mission's landing spot on the Moon to reveal that the astronaut's footprints are still there after all this time.

NASA says Apollo 11 is one of the best known missions to the Moon. Still, it was only successful because previous missions - such as robotic explorers like ranger and surveyor - paved the way and allowed NASA to test travel and landing on the Moon.

Crew missions such as Apollo 8, 9, and 10 tested entry and exit from lunar orbit.

Apollo was the best hour of the American space program. In just eight years, we've gone from zero human spaceflight capability to landing men on the surface of the Moon. From these missions, scientists have developed a new view of the origin and evolution of planets and life on Earth.

Said Paul D. Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute who writes the history of lunar exploration for NASA.

In honor of the mission, NASA shared a video on Twitter that uses footage captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that reveals that the landing site for the Apollo 11 mission is still visible on the surface, more than 50 years after humans first set foot. the surface of another world.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been imaging and exploring the Moon since 2009. NASA says it has returned more data to Earth than any other planetary mission - nearly 1.4 petabytes of data in total, which equates to about half a million hours of movies.

Footage from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is available in high resolution and can be seen through Moon Treka browser-based interface that allows anyone to explore the Lunar surface.

NASA isn't done investigating the Moon yet. As noted in the introduction to this article, The space agency is currently preparing to return to the lunar surface, and missions such as Artemis I and CAPSTONE are acting as "pathfinders" and test plans before humans make their return. historic.

Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA's deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

According to NASA, future crewed exploration missions aboard Orion will assemble and dock with a gateway.

As such, NASA and its partners will use the portal for operations in deep space, including missions to and from the Moon, with a decreasing dependence on Earth. The space agency says it will use lunar orbit to gain the experience needed to extend human exploration further into the solar system than ever before.

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