Latest Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package Stories
In an address to Congress in 1961, President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to "land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth" before the end of the decade. With the flight of Apollo 12, 45 years ago this month, NASA achieved that goal a second time.
NASA said on Tuesday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites.
Four months after the success of Apollo 11, NASA launched Apollo 12 in November 1969. Almost exactly 40 years later, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has seen the landing site.
The moon is utterly familiar. We see it all the time, in the blue sky during the day, among the stars and planets at night. Yet when Apollo astronauts stepped out onto this familiar piece of home, they discovered that it only seems familiar.
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