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New Apollo 17 Moon Landing HD Photos

  • Harlekin
  • uploaded: Sep 7, 2011
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New Apollo 17 Moon Landing HD Photos

The twists and turns of the last tracks left by humans on the moon crisscross the surface in this Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) image of the Apollo 12, 14, and 17 sites released by NASA September 6, 2011.

In the thin lunar soil, the trails made by astronauts on foot can be easily distinguished from the dual tracks left by the lunar roving vehicle, or LRV. Also seen in this image are the descent stage of the Challenger lunar module and the LRV, parked to the east.

The LRV gave the Apollo 17 astronauts, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, considerable mobility. As in previous Apollo missions, the astronauts set up the lunar monitoring equipment known as the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP), the details of which varied from mission to mission. To the west of the landing site, the cross-shaped path that the astronauts made as they set up the geophones to monitor seismic activity can be seen.

To the east, more rover tracks can be seen. Cernan made these when he laid out the 35-meter antennas for the Surface Electrical Properties, or SEP, experiment. SEP, a separate investigation from ALSEP, characterized the electrical properties of the lunar soil.

Below the SEP experiment is where the astronauts parked the rover, in a prime spot to shoot video of the liftoff of the Challenger module.

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  • Aximo#

    Aximo September 13, 2011 9:49:29 PM CEST

    We leave trash wherever we go...

  • Ronray#

    Ronray September 12, 2011 9:08:58 PM CEST

    He sure is being over explicative, to just be announcing images... Kind of like the little boy explaining how he DIDN'T take the cookies from the jar.

  • Stsir86#

    Stsir86 September 12, 2011 4:00:02 PM CEST

    so he got to see pics in high resolution..... big deal!he got to see the photo's the whole world got to see in a lower resolution .... FMDif NASA wants to impress show the stuff they didnt show!

  • Inkling#

    Inkling September 12, 2011 9:33:16 AM CEST

    Can't NASA be fined for illegal dumping?

  • Exice#

    Exice September 12, 2011 8:30:55 AM CEST

    This is a lie! I can't believe these pictures have been released! Look at what they call the lunar experiments, the experiments a)are too big. b)There is a crater in between them c) the experiments are on mounds. So I removed the photo manipulation and the tracks are actually tube like objects! Bah!

  • Ktm640#

    Ktm640 September 12, 2011 12:43:58 AM CEST

    We landed several unmanned crafts on the moon ya think one might have placed a reflector on the surfsce, ya think of that did ya bubba

  • Debunker1900#

    Debunker1900 September 11, 2011 7:05:39 PM CEST

    Goofballs!! I'm all about calling BS but if you live near Houston, all you have to do is go to the McDonald Observatory and watch them shoot a laser at the carefully placed reflector by our astronauts. How do you explain that? Don't you think the former USSR would have called us out if the moon missions were impossibility and a hoax? Seriously!! Failed logic people%u2026failed logic. Also, the Japanese Selene probe has taken picks as well. Now I think a movie could%u2019ve been made where the probes took a picture of the tracks and some debris but %u201Csomething%u201D has taken the rover and the Lander, and from there an alien movie!! Now that would%u2019ve been a creepy cool movie!! You heard it first here!! LOL! http://science.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2004/07/20/21jul_llr_resource...

  • Bcgolddigger#

    Bcgolddigger September 9, 2011 12:28:58 AM CEST

    most amazing images this guy has ever seen Apollo 12, 14 and 17 Like he's going to get to see the alien bases, NASA won't show even him those ones.

  • Djitchyfinga#

    Djitchyfinga September 8, 2011 7:06:05 PM CEST

    After so much years.. they finally come ot with "HD" pics.. i smell bullshit!!

  • Charlesw#

    Charlesw September 8, 2011 5:45:29 PM CEST

    Now that we have this great tool let's direct it to these so-called ruined cities and crashed spaceships that pop up on Disclosetv every day. Proof at last?

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