For the past three years, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been in orbit around the moon with the scientific mission to map the lunar surface. But it has done more than that.

The LRO has taken some of the first pictures of the Apollo landing sites since humans landed on the moon more than 30 years ago. These high-resolution images come at a time when the space industry in the west is in crisis. They reveal the splendor of NASA’s greatest achievement, putting man on another world.

Even though the moon landing was politically driven by the Cold War, the technological spinoffs from this project have fundamentally changed our world. Technologies like flame-resistant clothing, greener building materials, better insulation, preservation techniques, and many more benefits have literally rocked our world.

The Apollo missions are a prime example of showing humans what is possible when we put our minds to it. Maybe as these images come back that sense of awe and curiosity might return as well.

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