NASA released the stunning panorama of Apollo landing sites for the 50th anniversary

A view that is one of the more spectacular natural scenes in the Solar System.


On the event of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on Moon, NASA imagery experts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have ‘stitched together’ images from the Apollo arrival sites on the Moon, reminding of what the 12 humans who walked on its surface experience visually.

The images were taken together by NASA imagery specialist Warren Harold at Johnson. Most fascinating is, the preciseness of the unique point of view they represent was checked by Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, the only geologist to walk on the Moon.

Schmitt said, “The Valley of Taurus-Littrow on the Moon presents a view that is one of the more spectacular natural scenes in the Solar System.”

“The massif walls of the valley are brilliantly illuminated by the Sun, rise higher than those of the Grand Canyon, and soar to heights over 4,800 feet on the north and 7,000 feet on the south. At the same time, the summits are set against a blacker than black sky — a contrast beyond the experience of visitors from Earth. And, over the South Massif wall of the valley, one can always see home, the cloud-swirled blue Earth, only 250,000 miles away.”

The Apollo 17 panorama also has been converted into an immersive panorama viewable on the NASA Johnson account on Facebook.

The images can be seen at:

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