Armstrong landing on the moon video

July 25, 2017
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Apollo 11's Tranquility BaseNASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter caught sight of the landing site of the Apollo 11 moon mission.

Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

While the descent stage of the Eagle helped bring the astronauts safely down to the lunar surface, it remained on the moon after Aldrin and Armstrong lifted off to meet up with astronaut Michael Collins in orbit.

Animators used a 3D model of the lunar module for the video because in photos from an oblique angle, the lunar module appears flat, according to NASA.

Collins, Aldrin and Armstrong launched for the moon on July 16, 1969 from Florida. Aldrin and Armstrong descended to the lunar surface on July 20, and took their first steps on the moon that day. Armstrong was first out of the lunar module, with Aldrin following about 20 minutes later. Armstrong moved east of the Lunar Module to get a look at a small crater called Little West, NASA officials said. The astronaut's trail to the crater can be seen in the new video.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter caught sight of the landing site of the Apollo 11 moon mission.

It has been more than four decades since the first men landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Test your memory of the moon landing with this quiz.

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Apollo Quiz: Test Your Moon Landing Memory

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Aldrin and Armstrong spent 21.5 hours on the moon before blasting off to link up with Collins circling the natural satellite.

"Apollo 11 was the first of six increasingly ambitious crewed lunar landings, " NASA officials said in the video description. "The exploration of the lunar surface by the Apollo astronauts, when combined with the wealth of remote sensing data now being returned by LRO, continues to inform our understanding of our nearest neighbor in space."

Source: www.space.com
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