We had almost forgotten them, but fortunately the Indian probe Chandrayaan-2 reminded us of their fond memories. Chandrayaan-2 captured detailed shots of the missions’ lunar sites Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, the first and second space missions during which men walked on the Moon! The shots recovered, even sharper than those of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (the NASA probe) make it possible to perfectly distinguish the Lunar Module Eagle which welcomed the astronauts on board Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The latter would set foot on the Moon on Monday, July 21, 1969. A great first for the history of humanity. The Intrepid module ofApollo 12 is also visible. From this module would emerge the mission commander Pete Conrad and the astronaut Alan Beanthe second team to set foot on the lunar surface on November 19, 1969.
Apollo11 landing image from Chandrayaan2’s OHRC processed by using ISIS3!
—Shan (Shanmuga Subramanian) (@Ramanean)
IISRO, the Indian space agency, hastened to publish these pretty pictures. The Indian probe finds here a way to make itself known other than by the failure of the 2019 mission. Chandrayaan-2 was indeed supposed to communicate with the lander vikram but the latter crashed on the surface of the Moon, failing to activate its brakes during the approach phase. As a reminder, the United States intends to bring American astronauts back to the Moon in 2025 with the program Artemis. As for the Indian space agency, it would be largely satisfied with succeeding in landing a lander on the Moon, which will perhaps be done during the Chandrayaan-3 mission still scheduled for August this year.