Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 11 Landing Site Panorama
Posted on 08/30/2012 9:18:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar Module, the frame at the far left (AS11-37-5449) is the first picture taken by a person on another world. Toward the south, thruster nozzles can be seen in the foreground on the left, while at the right, the shadow of the Eagle is visible toward the west. For scale, the large, shallow crater on the right has a diameter of about 12 meters. Frames taken from the Lunar Module windows about an hour and a half after landing, before walking on the lunar surface, were intended to initially document the landing site in case an early departure was necessary.
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The pix from Mars via Curiosity are better than Neil could do with the tech available then.
In one lifetime, we've gone from woven ferrite core memory to DRAMs and SRAMs and cell phones with more computing power than the entire US had in the '60s.
Why? Because it has a secret. At high resolution you can see that Buzz is peering sideways out of his helmet to see if Neil is still taking pictures of him. As explained at the Apollo 11 Image Library, "Normally, the high reflectivity of the gold visor would keep us from seeing Buzz's face but, as Mehring notes, in this case "his face is directly illuminated by the sunlight from the front and at a right angle to the observer's point of view, so it literally shines through the visor, especially because he's sticking his head forward."
but I couldn't.
Ty for posting APOD.
... it's implicitly hilarious!
Those are definitely chicken tracks in the lower right hand corner.
Back then, being on the far side of the moon, put them out of radio contact. Today there are enough satellites orbiting the moon to remain in contact 24 hours per day. Mars is the same way.
Those were the days. (sigh)
There were enormous global political implications in the moon landing. It caused the world to re-think which side they wanted to be on in the cold war.
Indeed. It wasn’t just a “space race”.
And yet, here we sit, stranded on the surface of the Earth.
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