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A close-up photograph of the laser reflecting panel deployed by Apollo 14 astronauts on the moon in 1971. NASA

The Only Remaining Science Experiment from the Apollo Era

Health Editor’s Note: Scientists from NASA have been shooting Lasers at Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) for 10 years. The LRO orbits the moon which is 240,000 miles away. The idea was to hit a reflector the size of a paperback book, as it moves 3,600 miles per hour. In 2018 NASA and the Université Côte d’Azur experienced a bounce back of the photons have been reflected back to earth…..Carol



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  1. Adrian2MiL18, The material is not like sand. It is very, very fine, like ash, and those footprints will be left there forever since there is not wind…

  2. I have no opinion on this, but, I would point out that the photo of the reflector and the footprint could have been taken anywhere and as Adrian says, the reflector could have been left on the Moon by a robot. If the reflector is on a lunar orbiter (LRO) then it is not on the surface of the moon, so how com the lunar orbiter had collected enough dust to hold a footprint and what was the Astronaught doing standing on it?

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