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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.
Like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Lunar Orbiter program's primary design function was to obtain images that would allow scientists and engineers to characterize the moon's surface in order to find safe and engaging landing sites for future missions.
NASA announced guidelines established to try and protect lunar historic sites as engineers and scientists aim their sites for the moon.
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.
For the first time, a spacecraft from Earth has captured hi-resolution images of a solar eclipse while orbiting another world.
In 1967, Surveyor 3 landed on the Moon. Two years later, Apollo astronauts visited the little unmanned spacecraft and brought pieces of it home to Earth. Now, a portion of Surveyor's robotic arm, the scoop it used to sample moondust, is teaching researchers some long-lost secrets.
New research has revealed the seemingly gentle t
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.