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This is one of my favourite shots from the Apollo 11 mission.  Yes it’s a classic shot and it’s been shown many times before, but it still rings true and clear to me even though I wasn’t alive for the actual event.  Still these images mean more to me than most.   To go along with these, Big Picture, have released images remebering Apollo 11 just in time for the 40th anniversary of the launch.  For me, these pictures are beyond words.  I believe that we went to the moon; these are the proof and shame on you for not.

The next pictures that I’m looking forward to are the ones from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).  Already it’s returned spectacular images from the moon surface and it’s not even at the optimum distance yet.  With 18inches per pixel resolution, its going to be returning some sweet stuff.  Then there is this press release from NASA:



GREENBELT, Md. — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has
sent back its first images of Apollo lunar landing sites. The agency
will release the images Friday, July 17, at noon and hold a
teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT to discuss the photos and future plans
for the LRO mission.

So, by Saturday my time I’ll be able to see the first images of the Apollo landing sites; yes it’s going to be a crap resolution, but it’s going to be the first time we’ve seen these sites since we left them.  Whilst this will never convince those people that still don’t believe we went, despite the evidence, for those of us that are sane it’ll make us smile.  Well, it’ll make me smile.

~ by monkeypushovertree on July 17, 2009.

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