The clearest view yet of the famous Apollo 11 landing site on the moon was captured by a NASA spacecraft in orbit around our planet’s natural satellite.
The agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) zeroed in on Mare Tranquillitatis, or the Sea of Tranquility — the place where humans first touched down on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. The new image from LRO captures amazing details of the historic site, even revealing the remnants of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon.
In the image, the astronauts’ tracks are the dark regions around the Lunar Module that lead to and from various scientific experiments that were set up on the surface of the moon.
LRO’s camera snapped the picture as the probe flew only 15 miles (24 kilometers) above the moon’s surface. The image, which was released on March 7, provides the best look yet at humanity’s first venture to another world, NASA officials said in a statement.
Of course, today, the United States is incapable of putting humans in low earth orbit, let alone send humans to the moon.