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Photos show best evidence yet of moon landing


Photos show best evidence yet of moon landing

Kelly MacNeil September 7, 2011

Anybody who has questioned whether or not man actually landed on the moon may want to rethink their stance after the release of some new photos. According to Arizona State University, who oversees the the imaging system aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), new images clearly depict the path made by astronauts aboard Apollos 12, 14 and 17.

The reason for the new images was a change in orbit that brought the LRO even closer to the surface of the moon. Previously the LRO had orbited the moon at an altitude of about 31 miles, but thanks to some maneuvering, the craft took photographs of the surface from just about 13 miles above.

Among the new evidence that's visible is tracks created by the lunar rover as well as footprints from the astronauts as they exited the vehicle. Perhaps most impressive an L shape that is apparent from the landing site of Apollo 12. This represents the cables that the astronauts used and although the individual objects are not visible, they reflect light which shows up on camera.

"The new low-altitude Narrow Angle Camera images sharpen our view of the Moon’s surface,” a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State said on the school's website. "In previous images the rover tracks were visible, but now they are sharp parallel lines on the surface."

Although it will likely be some time before anybody from the United States walks on the moon again, other countries have said that they are hoping to get there in the near future. According to the Daily Mail, both India and Japan have said they would like to put a man on the moon by 2020 and 2030, respectively.