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Apollo Missions to the Moon
On the night of
September 14th 2013, my mission was to capture pictures of the landing
sites of the Apollo Lunar missions. The story that resulted in these
pictures began several decades before.
The Apollo program was the third human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA). It was first conceived during the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Apollo missions would use a three-man spacecraft to follow on from the one-man Project Mercury which put the first Americans in space,
and Project Gemini, a two man craft (1962–66).
| Apollo was later dedicated to President John F. Kennedy's national goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth" by the end of the
1960's. Kennedy proposed this in an address to Congress on May 25,
The first manned flight of Apollo was in 1968 and it succeeded in landing the first humans on Earth's Moon from 1969,
with five further landings through to 1972 when Apollo 17 landed.
Apollo missions 18 to 20 were cancelled.
night of September 14th gave me a good chance of catching all the
landing sites in one night, with some degree of shadow on most of them to help
pick out details. However, these weren't the best times for good
shadows on every area. The DSLR picture above, was taken at the start
of the evening, and shows the Moon at 62.3% Phase, 366682 Km from
picture to the right for more details and images of the landing sites.
Text about the
missions via Wikipedia