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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.

Man and moon buggie tracks from Apollo 17

Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt performed tests to measure the electrical nature of the moon's surface and set up geophones to monitor seismic activity. Says NASA: "In the thin lunar soil, the trails made by astronauts on foot can be easily distinguished from the dual tracks left by the lunar roving vehicle, or LRV." The LRV is seen abandoned at far right.