July 20th, 1969 marked the day man first set foot on the moon, as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin gracefully stepped out of their lunar lander and made history. A recent photo snapped by NASA‘s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured the most detailed view of the monumental landing site – it even shows remnants of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first foot steps on the moon.

The most detail photo featuring the very first lunar landing site, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. Released recently by NASA, in the image one can clearly see even the very first historic footprints left behind by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, perfectly preserved on the moon's surface. (c) NASA

The most detail photo featuring the very first lunar landing site, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. Released recently by NASA, in the image one can clearly see even the very first historic footprints left behind by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, perfectly preserved on the moon's surface. (c) NASA

The photo is extremely clear, revealing some impressive details, still in place and kept prestine by the moon’s environment to this very day. For instance, one can easily see things such as the camera the astronauts placed upon landing, a  discarded cover from the Laser Ranging RetroReflector or, amazingly, the astronauts’ footprints – 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.

This is the most detailed image of the lunar landing site captured thus far. The photo was shot from 15 miles away, revealing an area about the size of a typical city block, showing just how restricted the Apollo 11 astronauts were. Future manned missions to the moon allowed astronauts to explore much more freely, and Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions were actually equipped with a Lunar Roving Vehicle, which greatly increased their autonomy.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, no larger than a car and worth $504 million, has been circling the moon since its launch in June 2009. This particular photo was released March 7 by NASA.

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  • That looks fake as hell. Just me or does that look like somebody drew in some things on MS Paint?

  • Steve

    So fake! They didn’t even do a good job contrasting the shadows with the light areas.

  • baka

    What the fuck is wrong with you?

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  • MikeIsNotAnAstronaut

    Yea, I’m sure you know what the moon looks like. Ya know, since you’ve been up there so many times/

  • you sh*t head

    No. Stop that.

  • reasonableman

    do people still believe that this is a hoax? here it is, a picture of the whole scene and they still won’t believe it! fucking dumb stupid people out there

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  • To all you moon landing deniers…. You do realize that the united states and the USSR were in a race to land on the moon. They hated each other … every time Russia had a failure and they tried to cover it up the united states was there to tell the world they failed. When we failed, they were there also to tell the world. They monitored every landing trip to the moon, don’t you think they would have told the world that the landings were faked??? Photos of the lander’s from earth are possible, they cont come out as clear as this… but they do exist and have been taken by other countries that don’t have the best interests of the USA in mind. The base of the lander can be seen in those also. My grandfather worked on a piece of a equipment on the lander that told them there altitude when landing. He has photos… stories… I asked him about this before he died… and he laughed and laughed. That is what I do to you morons… Laugh and Laugh..

  • SuperNovaDust

    TL/DR I am going to use my cognitive abilities to ask a denier why they choose not to utilize their own.

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  • Google: Satellites can zoom to your license plate from space at 200 miles.

    Nasa: Launches satellite to moon with sole intention of taking pictures. Can only zoom to 50m resolution at 15 miles up.

    This was launched in 2009, they had the technology to see a bloody booger on the tip of a nuclear missile in Russia from 1200 miles up. This photo is from “15 miles” up. And yet, this is “The Most Detailed Photo of the Lunar Landing Site” to date. You do the math.

  • try harder

    Google’s high-resolution images are from planes…

  • No, no they are not. They are are satellites. Explain why you can see airplanes on the google satellite view?

    Even if Google was eliminated from the argument, Gov’t satellites could still see a bug shitting on a leaf from more than 10x the altitude of this picture.

  • BadPlasmid

    There are some significant engineering differences when building something for low earth orbit and lunar or interplanetary travel. Beyond that, the LRO was launched in 2009, which means it probably started its design life in 2004-2005, and uses technology almost a decade old. They also build to suit the mission. If higher resolution images weren’t needed for mission objectives, they wouldn’t spend unneeded money on it.

  • carbontwelve

    Please, in future use google search rather than looking ignorant: “Although Google uses the word satellite, most of the high-resolution imagery of cities is aerial photography taken from aircraft flying at 800–1500 feet rather than from satellites” – Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Maps

  • Which is the government putting more money into?

  • RickRussellTX

    Can only zoom to 50m resolution

    You need to learn to read.

  • RickRussellTX

    Do you really think that you will break through his impervious shield of ignorance with mere facts?

  • Sean

    lol he stopped replying

  • Yes, fake. Total Photoshop job. Myriad Pro wasn’t even created until the late 1990s. And how exactly did the astronauts even fit those giant letters and arrows in the tiny lunar module? Come on, NASA, give us some credit.