NASA lunar video showcases Apollo landing sitesby Steven Mostyn - Sep 7 2011, 16:56
Convinced yet? Image: NASA.
Considering how far technology has evolved over the last 40 years—or, rather, how comparatively basic it was in 1969—it’s perhaps unsurprising that there are still plenty of conspiracy nuts that believe U.S. astronauts have never set foot on the moon.
More pointedly, NASA has this week released a fresh batch of high-definition photographic imagery from its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) showcasing the moon’s surface from a distance of just 13 miles.
Beyond revealing an expanse of grey, dusty, and largely featureless terrain, the footage also contains close-up views of Apollo landing sites spanning Apollo 12, Apollo 14 and Apollo 17.
The imagery is clear enough to reveal mission debris, discarded descent modules, tracks created by NASA’s iconic lunar rover, and even footprints left by wandering astronauts.
Well, if we here at Tech Herald Towers had any lingering doubts, the new LRO footage has certainly convinced us that the Apollo missions did indeed land upon the lunar surface.
Sadly, no amount of credible evidence from NASA is likely to change the fact that there will always be those who’re convinced that America’s manned moon missions were little more than a Cold War sham.
See the current images for yourself by watching the following video: