Astronauts’ tracks and trash seen on moon

September 7th, 2011 - 8:00 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Sept 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new photograph from NASA has revealed trash on the moon. The photos are seen as the sharpest yet from the space agency on the moon. The trash were piled on after years of walk on the moon by astronauts. The first time a moon walk took place was 1969.

The images were taken by special cameras installed in NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The chief scientist of the orbiter, Arizona State University’s geology professor Mark Robinson, is thrilled with the find. He told reporters that, “What we’re seeing is a trail…It’s totally awesome.”

The images were taken from 13 to 15 miles above the moon so they are not clear enough to determine individual blueprints left on the moon by the astronauts. The last moon mission took place in 1972 with astronauts aboard Apollo 17.

Eugene Cernan who was the commander of the mission told the Associated Press that, “this time with a little nostalgia and disappointment. Nostalgia because those special days are fondly etched in my memory and disappointment because it looks like now we will not be going back within the days I have left on this planet.”

The pictures were shot by the orbiter about a fortnight ago. The pictures show the landing sites of the missions Apollo 12, 14 and 17.

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