Fifty Years Ago On A Sea Far, Far Away

I’m reasonably certain anyone wanting their fill of Apollo 11 has been thoroughly satisfied with the coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. I vaguely remember it but — as I’ve mentioned before — to my then 16-year-old eyes and expectations, it didn’t seem that extraordinary.

I mean, yes; amazing that we went to the moon, but — at the time — it was a foregone conclusion that it would happen. Not only that, many assumed that it was just a precursor to us going to the stars (and no, I don’t mean the Kardashians . . . they weren’t a thing back then).

We know the rest of the story . . . but, perhaps, when you have a chance and you remember to do so, raise your eyes and really look at the moon.

I confess to my current ignorance as to where Apollo 11 landed. I knew once, oh so long ago, but today, I had to look it up. And then, I wanted to map it onto my own photo of the moon.

Take a moment to ponder that twelve people landed on that spot (roughly a quarter of a million miles away)

It was surprisingly difficult finding simple references to locating the landing site. Many of NASA’s photos of the site are close-ups and my cursory look didn’t land me on any page that explained where to look when staring up at the Moon . . . hence this post.

I used a combination of sources to map the site as accurately as I could on my photo. Here’s a close-up.

I could be (on that scale) a millimeter or two off from the exact location. I triangulated a number of photos using surrounding terrain features and intersected a number of lines to come up with that spot.

HERE is a neat photo from NASA that shows the footprints path the crew left on their visit.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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14 Responses to Fifty Years Ago On A Sea Far, Far Away

  1. mvschulze says:

    Glued to the TV on that summer evening, I had pretty much followed every step of the way (no pun intended, but it sorta fits,) finding the human achievements, and accomplishments along the journey …to be cutting edge insane. The fortitude and focus of the team(s) who made it all happen, demonstrated over and over the wonderful capabilities of what man can achieve …what we as humans can achieve. Virtually every possibility, every consideration, using the indisputable and multiple intertwined laws of science and related fields with a fairly good dose of conceptual imagination, were put to the task, …your career discipline of, engineering, playing no small part.) All of it, buoyed by the words of a President with vision, can only be a described as a miraculous fulfillment of a dream of the first order for mankind.

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  2. mvschulze says:

    OH! If these are photos were taken by the D900, which generally are very impressive …I’ll be buying the D1000 pronto. ! M :-)


  3. Your moon photos are stunning!
    Coop and I take a late night, or very early morning, walk every day just to spend time looking at the moon. Okay. I look at the sky…moon, and stars, and Cooper sniffs everything on the ground.
    HUGS!!! for you and Melisa! :-)

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  4. Ggreybeard says:

    Nice lunar images, as usual – and you are spot on with your positioning of the landing site.
    I’m just back home from the day’s celebrations and come tomorrow I think I will be giving Apollo a rest for a while.


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  5. AnnMarie says:

    Since the beginning of July, I’ve had the immense pleasure of watching Apollo 11 related programs on NASA TV (and other sources). And now I’m excited about following the Artemis moon program and plan on attending at least one of the three scheduled launches beginning in 2020. Thanks for sharing another Apollo related link and your shot of their landing site!


  6. macquie says:

    Just beautiful, such a beautiful the moon is in your photo!


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