Great astrophotographies – July 2009

From-the-Moon-to-the-Earth-Apollo-11-NASAThis is that time of the month: the one for me to present my selection of the best pictures of the NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). As always, this month was packed with beautiful images. It was very difficult to select just ten.

This month was special as on July 21st we were celebrating the Apollo program and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who were the first to set foot on the moon 40 years ago.

The picture above shows the Lunar Module – callsign Eagle. It was taken by Michael Collins from the Command and Service Module.

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40 years ago…

apollo-program-man-on-the-moon-USA40 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. I mention this as I always have been attracted by space conquest, the Apollo program and so on.

Nowadays, the US government is thinking about what should follow and is wondering where we should go first, back to the Moon, or straight to our neighboring planet ?

As a teen I was reading about the future Mars program and how we would go there by 2035. This is what Aldrin and Collins are now advocating. But it seems we may have to wait until 2050.

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