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.

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