New Photo of the Moon shows tracks, Equipment

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Astronauts' tracks, trash seen in new moon photos



WASHINGTON (AP) — A spacecraft circling the moon has snapped the sharpest photos ever of the tracks and trash left behind by Apollo astronauts in their visits from 1969 to 1972.

Images taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from 13 to 15 miles up show the astronauts' paths when they walked on the moon, as well as ruts left by a moon buggy. Experts could even identify the backpacks astronauts pitched out of their lunar landers before they returned to Earth.
"What we're seeing is a trail," said Arizona State University geology professor Mark Robinson, the orbiter's chief scientist. "It's totally awesome."

However, the photos were not close enough to see individual bootprints, Robinson said.

The pictures were taken two weeks ago and show the landing sites for Apollo 12, 14 and 17. The closest images are of the 1972 Apollo 17 site, the last moon mission.

Apollo 17 Commander Eugene Cernan wrote in an email to The Associated Press that the photo gives him a chance to revisit those days, "this time with a little nostalgia and disappointment. Nostalgia because those special days are fondly etched in my memory and disappointment because it looks like now we will not be going back within the days I have left on this planet."

Two years ago, images from the same spacecraft from 30 and 60 miles out showed fuzzier images. But this year the orbiter dipped down to take about 300,000 more close-ups. The trails left by the astronauts are clear, but the places where backpacks were discarded, Apollo 17's moon buggy, and the bottom parts of the three lunar landers are blurry.

"You have to really look at it for a long time to figure out what you're looking at," Robinson said. For example, when it comes to the moon buggy he said, "if you squint really hard you can resolve the wheels and that the wheels are slightly turned to the left."

At first, scientists thought they had a bit of a mystery: They saw more stuff than they expected. It turned out to be packing material and an insulation blanket, Robinson said.

After 40 years there does not seem to be much moon dust covering the manmade trails. It probably will take about 10 million to 100 million years for dust to cover them, Robinson said.

The photos were released a few days after the debut of the new fictional movie "Apollo 18" and before Thursday's planned launch of NASA's twin robotic spaceships to explore the moon's gravity.
Ugh... Stupid Yahoo just HAD to mention Apollo 18.
 

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essensiemicht says:

It’s obviously bullshit, man never went to the moon, it’s impossible for a living thing to pass through the Van Allen radiation belts. The question here is ‘Why is NASA putting this lie out?’ My guess would be that it has something to do with the elenin/nibiru, Obama being at the Denver Bunker on the 26th/27th, celestial end of days scenario.
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RANDY WILSON says:

Whos knows what lies they have told us as all they do is lie?The reasons offered by Nasa as how they penetrated the earths Van Allen belt with out being vaporized are kind of a mystery ? If you research the Van Allen belt its seem impossible ? Another fact that is a mystery is at the speed the Apollo was traveling through space and all the debis? Billions of floating rock the size of foot balls and bigger? Outer space is littered with rocks and debris,how do you anticipate for that when you are traveling the speed of a bullet or faster?
machstem says:
That’s right. The photos prove nothing. In this day of digital photo manipulation, photos are no longer proof of anything.

What is troubling me is how much did all this fabricated “evidence” supposedly cost. If, indeed a spacecraft was sent by the moon, was that its only mission? If so then how much money did Obama waste on that? We could have financed 6 hours of Afghanistan time killing innocent men, women and children with all the money wasted on that. Most likely, it was only a few minutes of photoshop time so no big deal.

Either way, just fork out the cash and bend over, ’cause they’re drivin’.
 

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So wait, we have been to the moon, and have greater capability of going to the moon, yet we are sending a couple of robots?

CAN NASA PLEASE BE FUN AND EXCITING AGAIN? PLEASE?

Astronauts used to be cool. Now they are glorified sailors.
 

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It's obviously the black and white picture of a guy taking a piss in the desert. I can see his foot in the corner.
 

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I guess no one told them about the mirror the Astronauts left on the Moon. We fire a laser at it to determine our exact distance from the Moon. What a bunch of complete retards.


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The Apollo astronauts traveled through the Van Allen radiation belts on the way to the moon; however, exposure was minimized by following a trajectory along the edge of the belts that avoided the strongest areas of radiation. The total radiation exposure to astronauts was estimated to be much less than the five (5) rem set by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission for people who work with radioactivity.
 

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I guess no one told them about the mirror the Astronauts left on the Moon. We fire a laser at it to determine our exact distance from the Moon. What a bunch of complete retards.
The excuse is probably that we sent a probe to deploy the mirror. Those wackjobs will think of any excuse.
 

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Yeah, it's been there since 1969. Pretty sure we didn't have unmanned probes back then.
Oh, so it's an alien mirror, and everything that happened since 1969 is a NASA conspiracy to cover it up.
 

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I have taken plenty of pictures of the moon and Im pretty sure that its made of cheese. Delicious, delicious cheese.
 

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I fucking hate moon landing conspiracy theorists.
 

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Tell me this. If there's no wind on the moon then how was Neil Armstrong able to light his fart, setting Buzz on fire? How was there fire in the vacuum of space? Answer that.
 

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So wait, we have been to the moon, and have greater capability of going to the moon, yet we are sending a couple of robots?

CAN NASA PLEASE BE FUN AND EXCITING AGAIN? PLEASE?

Astronauts used to be cool. Now they are glorified sailors.
Exactly how much of your tax money would you like to be pissed away on "fun and exciting"? Are we exploring space to discover what's out there, or to give you a geek boner whenever you see an astronaut?
 

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Exactly how much of your tax money would you like to be pissed away on "fun and exciting"? Are we exploring space to discover what's out there, or to give you a geek boner whenever you see an astronaut?
I would like the tax money from perpetual war transferred to the space program.

And yes, exploring space for discovery. Colonizing planets eventually. This is what we need to do. Earth is getting too full. It's time to take terraform research very seriously.

Do kids today dream of becoming astronauts or do they even know the job exists?
 

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I want HD footage of the lunar surface damn it!

As cynical as I am, I still think going to the moon is quite possibly the greatest thing man has ever accomplished. It's just really awesome.
 

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I fucking hate moon landing conspiracy theorists.
The ones that say we never went are a new bunch of idiots that just started that shit a few years ago. The real conspiracy theory is that the first mission that landed was faked in a studio while the spacecraft orbited as apollo 10 did. The idea was that we weren't ready to pull off the landing by the time Kennedy's time frame ended.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if there was a contingency plan to do just that if we had to. But we didn't have to, we got two in before 1970.
 

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I want HD footage of the lunar surface damn it!

As cynical as I am, I still think going to the moon is quite possibly the greatest thing man has ever accomplished. It's just really awesome.
I have no doubt that there is better footage of the Moon out there than what the public gets. I wouldn't be surprised if there is still some shit up there that is classified and they don't want people eyeballing.
 

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I want HD footage of the lunar surface damn it!

As cynical as I am, I still think going to the moon is quite possibly the greatest thing man has ever accomplished. It's just really awesome.
It is the greatest thing man has ever accomplished. Sadly it also seems to be the point where mankind has peaked and it has been all downhill since then.
 

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Dan_8951 says:

To me, virtually everything we’ve been told the past 100 years in Amerika is a lie or fabrication. Too many people have been silenced by covert means and today Amerikans aren’t even allowed a voice. Whether all the APOLLO MISSIONS were done in a closed set or on the moon themselves, can anyone really believe what we have been told, even if we can see a possibly photoshopped image with are very own eyes?

The 1950′s began the mass conditioning where the smoke and mirrors became convienent fast food, drive in’s, mega malls (predominately and initially built in the late 60′s), TV’s, and pretty homes w/ white picket fences.

And guess what the ilk expanded during Ike’s presidency? THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, THE MANUFACTURING DESTABILIZATION COMPLEX, the MEDICAL MONOPOLY COMPLEX, as well as THE AGRICULTURAL INUSTRIAL COMPLEX where your food began to be sprayed with toxic pesticides. Those three led to today’s Genetically Modified Foods, Thimerosal Vaccinations in children, the departure of American jobs to foreign lands, and the massive ‘EMPIRE BUILDING’ in North Africa/Asia.
o rly
 

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I would like the tax money from perpetual war transferred to the space program.

And yes, exploring space for discovery. Colonizing planets eventually. This is what we need to do. Earth is getting too full. It's time to take terraform research very seriously.

Do kids today dream of becoming astronauts or do they even know the job exists?
Terraform research does not require astronauts.

Astronaut is a pointless job that shouldn't exist. Putting men in space is prohibitively expensive, and unnecessary given the current advanced capabilities of our unmanned mission technologies.
 

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Jesus H. Fuckballs, does every member of the human race leave garbage behind everywhere they fucking go? You can't even go to the moon or the summit of Mt. Everest without seeing trash. Enough already, carry out what you carry in!

/hippie rant
 

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Jesus H. Fuckballs, does every member of the human race leave garbage behind everywhere they fucking go? You can't even go to the moon or the summit of Mt. Everest without seeing trash. Enough already, carry out what you carry in!

/hippie rant
Agrees.

 

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The moon is the ideal place to build a solar power collection station