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10,000+ New Moon Landing Photos Released; Buzz Aldrin Speaks

NASA recently released 10,000+ moon landing photos from the Apollo missions to dissuade conspiracy theorists, while moon-walker Aldrin chimes in on Mars.

Project Apollo Archive

Project Apollo Archive

NASA has released 10,000+ photos from its archives to contradict the arguments of moon landing skeptics. Meanwhile, moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is raising funds and inspiring people to get to Mars.

The Apollo Program revolutionized space exploration. From 1961 to 1975, eleven manned missions were carried out, four of which consisted of orbiting the Moon and the six others landed on its surface, not to mention the Hollywood-reenacted failure of Apollo 13.

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Notwithstanding, about 7% of Americans believe in the “moon hoax” according to which all of the Moon landings, at least some, are fake.

NASA Releases Moon Landing Photos to put an end to Conspiracy Theories

Fed up with the persistent “moon hoax”, NASA decided to offer the public, professionals and conspiracy theorists alike an unprecedented insight into the missions that uncovered the secrets of the Moon.

Over 40 years after the end of the Apollo program, NASA released 10,000+ moon landing photos taken by astronauts during the various Apollo missions

Posted to a Flickr account called “Project Apollo Archive”, photos were digitized in order to be unveiled for the first time in sharp resolution.

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Project Apollo Archive

The photographs were taken on the surface of the Moon, orbiting the Earth or in spacecraft using Hasselblad cameras.

Many of these images had already been put online in the past, but now in HD resolution (1080 dpi), and, for better navigation, they are classified by mission and theme.

Few people would be as offended by the “moon hoax” as Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.

He and Armstrong (as part of the Apollo 11 mission) gathered and brought back with them 47.5 pounds of lunar material, which will be NASA’s strongest evidence against moon landing conspiracy theorists.

moon landing photos
Project Apollo Archive

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Celebrates Mars

48 years ago, (July 20, 1969), Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. and his Apollo 11 crewmate, mission commander Neil Armstrong, landed the on the moon. Armstrong was the first to step out of the lunar module Eagle, followed shortly after by Aldrin, and the rest is history.

Aldrin, the 87-year-old moonwalker, is still actively involved in space matters, mainly through his non-profit foundation ShareSpace, which aims to inspire children for space and science in general.

To commemorate the Apollo 11 launch anniversary and the upcoming landing anniversary on July 20th, ShareSpace hosted a sold-out gala last Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center (Florida). The gala is the first of a three-year campaign dedicated to fund initiatives that will lead to the future colonization of Mars.

Aldrin, who raised over $190,000 USD for his foundation, said he believes NASA would be able to land on Mars by 2040, an opinion shared by the agency itself.

“The programs we have right now are eating up every piece of the budget,” Aldrin addressed the audience, “and it has to be reduced if we’re ever going to get anywhere.”

Perhaps that’s why Aldrin gave the first “Buzz Aldrin Space Innovation Award” to Jeff Bezos, whose company Blue Origin is working to cut the costs of space travel.

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Trilingual poet, investigative journalist, and novelist. Zed loves tackling the big existential questions and all-things quantum.

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