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NASA releases new images of Apollo’s moon landing site


NASA releases new images of Apollo’s moon landing site American space agency has released a set of impressive new photos of the Apollo landing sites on the Moon.
The images taken by the robotic Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), clearly shows hardware parts left over by the astronauts in the 1960s and 70s. Several probes have send pictures before but these are the best yet.
LRO has been circling the moon since 2009 to gather more information bout the natural satellite. It recently lowered its lunar orbit from 50km above the Moon's surface to just 25km. As the LRO moved closer, it was able to send much clearer pictures of the landing sites.
The focus of the latest release was Apollo 17, 14 and 12 sites. These images were captured by the narrow-angle imaging system on LRO's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) instrument. It is capable of seeing objects at a resolution of 25cm by 25cm per pixel from a low altitude.
The probe, which was originally conceived as a robotic precursor to future manned missions, has been a highly productive mission having sent several hundred thousands pictures of the lunar surface in great clarity.


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