NASA proof that Man went to the Moon

LRO's view of the Apollo 17 landing site
LRO's view of the Apollo 17 landing site (NASA)

NASA today nailed the lie that astronauts never went to the Moon by releasing astonishing new photos of the equipment left behind. An orbiting spaceprobe swooped low to snap detailed pictures of three Apollo landing sites.

Apollo astronaut Schmitt explores the Moon
Apollo astronaut Schmitt explores the Moon (NASA)

They showed clearly the descent stages of the lunar modules in which the space pioneers landed, experiments placed on the lunar surface and even the footprints of the astronauts.

Since the US landed six two-man crews between 1969 and 1972, they have faced allegations that the whole thing was faked in a Hollywood studio. Buzz Aldrin, who was part of the first landing by Apollo 11, once famously thumped a man who claimed the landings never happened.

The new pictures that will hopefully shut up the conspiracy theorists were taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The probe homed in on the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites and improved on images captured two years ago.

Sharpest views were of the area where Apollo 17’s lunar lander Challenger touched down in the Taurus–Littrow valley, near the edge of Mare Serenitatis, the Sea of Serenity.

Challenger’s descent stage is clearly seen, casting a stark shadow across the landscape. The abandoned lunar roving vehicle in which they went motoring is also visible – abandoned is probably an unfair word as it was positioned to film Challenger’s liftoff – along with the buggy’s wheel-tracks in the dust plus the footprints of astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

Similar shots show the equipment and tracks of Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean, their descent stage Intrepid, plus the older unmanned Surveyor 3 probe that they landed close to in Oceanus Procellarum, the Sea of Storms.

Also imaged was the Fra Mauro landing site in the lunar surface around Mare Imbrium, the Sea of Showers, by Apollo 14’s lander Antares with its crew Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell. In addition, the pictures show the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) carrid by each Apollo to monitor the Moon’s environment and interior.

Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA HQ in Washington, said: “These images remind us of our fantastic Apollo history and beckon us to continue to move forward in exploration of our solar system.”

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

3 thoughts on “NASA proof that Man went to the Moon

  • 09/07/2011 at 5:05 pm
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    That picture doesnt proof anything……!!!

  • 09/13/2011 at 4:39 pm
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    To all the idiots out there, this photo will not “prove” ANYTHING… Unless they go to the moon themselves, they’ll never belive any facts, photos, documents, etc… I guess Bin Laden is still alive too?lol

  • 02/13/2017 at 3:40 pm
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    Seriously, the theory that they never landed is lacking. It explains nothing. What explains the cabin fire? What explains the years of work by rocket scientists? What explains the funds needed? What explains the realisation that spacetravel costed too much and the work on the Space Shuttle? Honestly, I alaways believed NASA in that they landed there, due to the parts that the conspiracy theory doesn’t explain that are explained by a real landing. People, stop making stupid conspiracy theories. Only paranoid people make them.
    To NASA, if any of your employees or administrators reads this, don’t bother trying to make paranoid people believe you, they never will because most of them are stubborn and cling to their conspiracy theory as if it were their only life support – They won’t take “we landed on the moon” for an answer, even if you take a million photos. Oh, me? I believe that you landed on the moon.

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