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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) images of Apollo landing sites

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Released from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter program on September 6th, 2011: “Lunar landing sites for Apollo 12, 14, 17 as you’ve never seen them before!”

Though they’re not up close, the images that LRO took from space are sharp enough to see lunar rover tracks and the equipment that we left behind.

apollo 12 footprints
From Dr. Noah Petro, Research Scientist and member of the LRO Project Science:

“When I first took a look at these images, you know, my jaw dropped to the ground… For example, at the Apollo 17 landing site, we can see where the lunar rover is parked on the surface. We can see where it drove around around the lunar module, you can see the areas where the astronauts kicked up the dust when they walked around.”

apollo 17 rover
Plus, here are additional high-resolution looks at Apollo landing sites 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17, also taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera in 2011:

Visit for more information about these and other LROC images.

Then watch this next: What did Apollo 13 astronauts see on the far side of the moon?

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