07 Sep '11, 12am

New moon photos show trash and tracks left behind by Apollo astronauts between 1969 & 1972

New moon photos show trash and tracks left behind by Apollo astronauts between 1969 & 1972

This annotated image released by NASA September 6, 2011 shows an image of the Apollo 17 landing site taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera(LROC) in orbit around the Moon. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AP) - A spacecraft circling the moon has snapped the sharpest photos ever of the tracks and trash left behind by Apollo astronauts in their visits from 1969 to 1972. Images taken by Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from 21 km to 24 km up show the astronauts' paths when they walked on the moon, as well as ruts left by a moon buggy. Experts could even identify the backpacks astronauts pitched out of their lunar landers before they returned to Earth. 'What we're seeing is a trail,' said Arizona State University geology professor Mark Robinson, the orbiter's chief scientist. 'It's totally awesome.' However, the photos were not close enough to see individual bootprints, ...

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