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Amazing Simulation Shows What Neil Armstrong Saw Moments Before Landing On The Moon

18 Jul 2019, 17:45 UTC
Amazing Simulation Shows What Neil Armstrong Saw Moments Before Landing On The Moon
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This is the Apollo 11 lunar lander ground track — the flight path over the moon’s surface — in the final approximately 3 minutes when Neil Armstrong skirted the rocky flank of West Crater to land safely just east of Little West Crater on July 20, 1969. The time marker at right matches the lunar module’s (LM’s) location at the 0:59 second mark in the What Armstrong Saw video below. NASA
The only visual record of the historic Apollo 11 landing is from a 16mm time-lapse (6 frames per second) movie camera mounted in Buzz Aldrin’s window on the right side of LM or lunar module Eagle. Although the windows in the LM weren’t very far apart we never saw what mission commander Neil Armstrong saw as he flew and landed the Eagle.
View inside the lunar lander or LM with Buzz Aldrin facing the camera. Behind him you can see Neil Armstrong. Each astronaut looked through a separate window. Also visible is the 16mm movie camera mounted near the top of Aldrin’s window (right) that took the footage shown in the What Aldrin Saw video below. NASA
Recently, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team reconstructed the last three minutes ...

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