Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Memories & Moon Facts

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the daring voyage of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, here are some moon facts.

The moon makes its closest approach to the earth tonight, just 222,117 miles away. Coastal areas will experience higher than usual tides. The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century will also occur tonight, as the moon blocks the sun for nearly seven minutes. Unfortunately, it will only be visible in India and China.

NASA's Apollo 11 photographs can be seen here.

NASA currently has the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the moon with a high resolution camera. The bottom stage of the Eagle can still be seen in the Sea of Tranquility here.

Where were you July 16-24, 1969?

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