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WJLA, September 07, 2011

Footprints, trash strewn on the Moon: New photos from the Apollo missions

This August, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter swept extremely low over the moon, snapping photos all along the way. The spacecraft captured images from the Apollo mission landing sites in never-before-seen detail, with meandering astronaut foot trails and discarded scientific instruments. Here are those images.

Human tracks on the surface of the moon

This bleak spit of land is the Fra Mauro formation, the landing pad for 1971's Apollo 14 mission. The astronauts onboard stashed moon rocks and performed seismic experiments, and their leftover scientific-instrument package is visible at extreme left. The mission followed the doomed Apollo 13 endeavor memorialized by Ron Howard's movie.