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NASA unveiled an incredible video of the moon zooming in on the landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and their tracks on the lunar surface – still visible 53 years after the Apollo 11 landing.
“Today is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing – the first time humans have stepped on the surface of another world,” the space agency said on Twitter, noting that July 20 is International Monday. “This Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter video shows the traces of the astronauts, which are still there after all this time.”
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that recorded the video has been exploring the moon since 2009. This still image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter video shows the landing area and the tracks of the astronauts, which are still there after all this time
NASA announced Wednesday that it has selected three possible dates for its Artemis I mission — the first phase of its effort to send a woman and a person of color to the moon. Pictured above is a zoomed-in image from the NASA video shared today
NASA celebrated International Monday by releasing a video that allows you to zoom in on the footprints of its astronauts, which are still visible on the lunar surface 53 years later.
NASA notes that Apollo 11 is the most famous, but its past missions set the stage for the historic landing — including robotic explorers like Rover and Surveyor, as well as manned missions like Apollo 8, 9, and 10 that tested entering and exiting the moon. track.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has explored the moon since 2009 and has already returned more data to Earth than any of the agency’s other planetary missions: a dazzling 1.4 petabytes.
For context, by some estimates, one petabyte is the equivalent of 20 million tall filing cabinets or 500 billion pages of standard printed text.
NASA announced Wednesday that it has selected three possible dates for its Artemis I mission — the first phase of its effort to send a woman and a person of color to the moon.
The US space agency is targeting August 29 to launch the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center — and September 2 and 5 are marked as backup launch dates. Pictured above is the moon
NASA unveiled an incredible video of the moon zooming in on Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s footprints on the lunar surface – still visible 53 years after the Apollo 11 landing. Armstrong went down in history on July 20, 1969 by leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon, pictured above
The US space agency is targeting August 29 to launch the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center — and September 2 and 5 are marked as backup launch dates.
James Free, associate administrator at NASA’s Washington DC headquarters, said the exact date will be determined about a week before launch.
Artemis I, which has suffered several delays over the past two and a half years, will finally launch an unmanned Orion capsule that will fly around the moon and splash back into the Atlantic Ocean.
The news of the official launch comes weeks after NASA held a final wet dress rehearsal that it deemed successful.
In 2019, NASA shared a series of stunning panoramic images to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Those incredible images of Apollo’s landing site were created by stitching together pre-existing photos to create a whole new way of looking at the lunar surface.
Individual images taken by the Apollo astronauts were compiled by NASA image specialist Warren Harold and their accuracy verified by Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Harrison “Jack” Schmitt.
“The Taurus-Littrow Valley on the Moon offers a view that is one of the most spectacular natural scenes in the solar system,” Schmitt said of the images stitched together from his Moon Base Station 5 at the Taurus-Littrow landing site.
Individual images taken by the Apollo astronauts were compiled by NASA image specialist Warren Harold and their accuracy verified by Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Harrison “Jack” Schmitt. Pictured above: Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., pilot of the lunar module, is seen walking near the lunar module during the extravehicular activity of Apollo 11
Pictured above is the original photo of astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface with the American flag planted in front of him
“The massive walls of the valley are brilliantly lit by the sun, rising higher than those of the Grand Canyon and rising to heights of more than 4,800 feet in the north and 7,000 feet in the south,” Schmitt added.
‘At the same time, the peaks are set against a more than black sky – a contrast that is beyond the experience of visitors to Earth.
“And above the wall of the southern massif of the valley one can always see home, the cloud-swirling blue earth, only 250,000 miles away.”
NASA has spent all week preparing to pay tribute to the astronauts who first walked on the moon nearly 50 years ago on July 20, 1969.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people on the moon and have since followed only ten others – all American men.
Michael Collins, their colleague who stayed on the moon in the Colombia module during the 21.5 hours, was recently back at the launch site at Cape Canaveral.
The History of NASA’s Apollo Program
The Apollo program saw a total of 11 space flights and the first humans walked on the moon.
NASA started the program, also known as Project Apollo, in 1961 with the sole mission of getting astronauts safely to the moon and back to Earth.
Six of the missions (Apollo 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17) achieved this goal from 1969 to 1972.
Apollos 7 and 9 were orbiting missions that tested the command and lunar modules, but did not return with data.
Apollos 8 and 10 tested different components while orbiting the moon, bringing back photography of the lunar surface.
Apollo 13 was supposed to land on the moon, but encountered technical glitches that hindered the mission.
A total of 12 astronauts left their shoe marks on the lunar surface.
While all missions will forever be part of history, Apollo 11 brought humans to the moon for the first time.
The purpose of Apollo 11 was set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961.
He said, “We’re choosing to go to the moon this decade and do the other things, not because they’re easy, but because they’re hard.”
Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, with Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in a first Earth orbit of 114 by 116 miles.
Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon’s surface.
Reentry procedures were started on July 24, 44 hours after leaving orbit.
Apollo 11 landed 13 degrees, 19 minutes latitude and 169 degrees, nine minutes west longitude July 24, 1969.