I know I’ve written a lot on the Moon lately, but there’s lots to be written. The Lunor Reconnoissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) has now released a pretty neat new photo of the Apollo 11 lunar module as it still stands on the lunar surface. In this picture, taken from 24 km above the surface, we can revisit the first steps on another world 43 years later. The picture clearly shows the rest of the Lunar Module that took the astronauts there (marked LM in the picture), the human steps around it (as darker spots and lines), the Lunar Ranging RetroReflector (basically big disks you can shoot lasers on from Earth), and the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (PSEP).
These aren’t the first pictures of the Apollo 11 lander from space, but they are definitely the best yet. Just compare the 2012 picture below with this one from 2009. Amazing. All that’s left to do now is to go there and record an amazing HD video on the surface… Come on, China, come on.