The LROC was launched in June of 2009, and had been orbiting and photographing the Moon with its Narrow and Wide Angle Cameras ever since. Although it has usually held a near-circular orbit at an average altitude of 50km above the lunar surface, on August 10th NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center temporarily altered its orbit to a more oval configuration, that brought it as low as 21km. The result were the photos…that show the Apollo landing sites in greater detail than ever before.

Just for the nutballs who think we never went to the moon.




  1. Drive By Poster says:

    Those aren’t human trails. They’re clearly the work of Lunar ants!

    Seriously, it’s got to be both weird and cool to know that your footsteps will far outlast your mortal remains by millions of years.

    Assuming the lunar tourists don’t walk all over your footsteps, that is…

  2. Yankinwaoz says:

    Why bother? Just like the truthers, birthers, and other assorted nuts, no amount of evidence will shake their preconceived answers.

  3. rosebush says:

    It’s an altered image. We didn’t go to the moon. Silly lemmings.

  4. MikeN says:

    The moon is a pristine place that should not be spoiled by human impact.

  5. nobodyspecial says:

    #4 – if we didn’t go to the moon, how did those big signs get written there?

  6. Rob Leather says:

    “And over the left is the large area of disturbance where Armstrong twatted that Gray alien in the bollocks” – NWESSB*

    *North West England Space Ship Blokes.

  7. McCullough says:

    Well why couldn’t it be ‘Shopped?

    Hmmm….

    I keed, I keed.

  8. msbpodcast says:

    In #4, MikeN said: The moon is a pristine place that should not be spoiled by human impact.

    The best way to shut up these religious zealots and fundamentalists once and for all would be to put up a huge reflective (aluminized mylar balloons inflated to be readable from Earth, [they won’t blow away in any breeze,]) multilingual ads for McDonalds™® and Tim Horton’s™®.

    These would require no energy to operate (they’re reflective and the sun always shines on the moon.)

    If they ran light pipes from the side not facing us to the other side which is perpetually facing us so the signs would glow in the lunar night it would be awesome.

    The Japanese plan was too timid.

  9. interglacial says:

    The ‘faked moon-landing conspiracy theory’ is itself a conspiracy. Probably originally seeded by some wag working in counter-intelligence, but now endlessly parroted by the media and other useful idiots to discredit inquiry into real conspiracies. Repeated often enough you can get an almost pavlovian response when you tag a subject with the trigger phrase ‘conspiracy theory’. Any crime or deception can be swiftly sidestepped, ignored and ridiculed.

    So, this picture and news briefing was released a week before when exactly?

  10. Kent says:

    Must be true, you can’t fake a photo.

  11. audiodragon says:

    Ok so where’s the Apollo 18 landing site?

  12. Howard Beale says:

    #9
    Alf does not want the US accomplish anything or recover from anything his only goal is to have the Right win the White House regardless of the cost to the nation.

    instead of calling him Alf. or Tax Dude of any of his other silly aliases lets just refer to him as OT on every post he twists to his United Sates hating agenda. you should be Buzz Aldrin’ed

    Yankinwaoz was talking about YOU
    no amount of evidence will shake his preconceived ideas of how the world works.

    OT
    #1 Drive By Poster
    “cool to know that your footsteps will far outlast your mortal remains”

    I second that and would add those footprints are from all mankind

  13. msbpodcast says:

    In #14, pedro said: Why Tim Horton’s? I don’t remember any canuck being up in the moon.

    Ok, how about if Apple puts up a night glow 500 square kilometer image of Steve Jobs.

    That should drive Balmer and Microsoft’s accountant’s utterly insane trying to live their whole lives denying that there’s any direction but down…

  14. Nugget Coombs says:

    # 11 Kent said, on September 10th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Must be true, you can’t fake a photo.

    HAW-HAW-HAW
    Have you never heard of Adobe Photoshop???

  15. Steve S says:

    “Just for the nutballs who think we never went to the moon.”
    Yea. Right. As if I would believe anything the gubernmt says. :p

  16. chuck says:

    I just looked at the moon out my window. I can’t see any of those giant arrows. So the photo is fake.

  17. gus gutz says:

    We all know this is just a diorama in someones garage.

  18. Angel H. Wong says:

    I wonder how much Adobe overcharged them for a Photoshop license?

  19. noname says:

    Just like John Dvorak can put blue eye shadow and clown makeup on Al Gore’s pictures, or doctor a polar bear perched on an iceberg picture, changing it to a polar bear perched on Hillary Clinton’s smirking head; who to say NASA didn’t Photoshopped these images?

    Really, how do we know, really know for sure, the moon is not a government nighttime sky-laser projection to cover the fact that Apollo didn’t land on the moon, instead NASA nuked and destroyed the moon all those many years ago to keep the Russians from landing?

    With my redesigned tin-foil hat, I can ascertain that the moon was indeed destroyed by a nuke built in Area 51 and designed by top Martian scientists.

  20. Steve S says:

    Here is why we could not have landed a man on the moon in 1969.
    My main evidence is that even with all of the technical advances that have been made in the past four decades, we could not land a man on the moon today. Preposterous you say? No and here are the reasons why.

    #1 We could not afford it. The Apollo moon landing program cost hundreds of billions of dollars in today’s dollars. While we do not mind spending far more than that kind of money on pointless wars, we would not have the stomach to spend that kind of dough on science stuff.
    #2 The American public would never have the patience, let alone attention span, to wait for the results of this kind of endeavor. Heck many Americans can barely wait for the next episode of American Idol to be shown let alone wait years for a moon landing.
    #3 We no longer have the technical expertise to build such a program. Maybe we could far the task out to China. They seem to make everything else we buy these days anyways.
    #4 There is no way using today’s technology that we could build a machine to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth without exceeding the risks that we are willing to take nowadays. The Apollo Command Moducom and Lunar Module both had single points of failures that would strand them on or around the moon. Today’s lawyers would have a field day with that risky proposition.

    Although this is presented in a tongue-and-cheek manner, all of it is really true. Sadly we have lost our way as explorers and are now content to eat, watch TV and simply exist.

  21. jdmurray says:

    Did they get a better pic of C3PO’s head?

    http://www.enterprisemission.com/datashead.htm

  22. Roger Grant says:

    The problem with conspiracy theorists is that if you provide more evidence to prove that they are wrong, then they will just use it as evidence for an even bigger and more elaborate conspiracy. It is literally trying to reason with unreasonable people. In 20 years, idiots will claim that the Space Shuttle never flew.


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