Saturday, September 28, 2013

Old moon missions

The Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO) has been taking pictures of humankind's marks on the moon, in the form of landers, crash-landers, manned missions, rover tracks, and stuff like that.  It's kinda cool to see the monuments to our inquiring minds and engineering accomplishments, which will exist for many, many thousands of years - perhaps longer than our own existence as a species on this orb.  (Hope not, but it's possible.)

LROC Coordinates of Robotic Spacecraft 2013 Update

I particularly like the manned mission places, with the LEM descent stages in the middle of the crater created by the thrust from the descent (just before landing).

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