Moon landing hoax? Here are the six NASA lunar landing sites visible in plain site on Moon

landed the first astronauts on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, on July 20, 1969. The historic Apollo 11 mission was soon followed by Apollo 12, Apolo 13, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17. Of this list, the doomed Apollo 13 flight was the only mission to never land on the Moon. But despite the six incredible journeys to the Moon and back, conspiracy theorists still claim the Moon landings were faked.

There is, however, an orbital spacecraft orbiting the Moon this very moment – the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

NASA’s spacecraft has been flying around the Moon since June 2009 in bid to chart the Moon’s features.

The LRO probe can dip as low 31 miles (49.9km) from Moon’s pockmarked surface.

From this height, the spacecraft is capable of photographing in great detail each of the Apollo lunar landing sites.

NASA took its first batch of landing site photos in July, just one month after launching the LRO.


The photo revealed the landing spots of Apollo 11, Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17.

Soon after, the agency was able to photograph the landing sites of Apollo 14 and Apollo 12.

And in each case, the photos also revealed the remains of each mission’s Lunar Lander and tools and instruments left behind.

Richard Vondrak of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said: “Not only do these images reveal the great accomplishments of Apollo, they also show us that lunar exploration continues.

“They demonstrate how LRO will be used to identify the best destinations for the next journeys to the Moon.”


Apollo 11 landed in the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969.

Apollo 12 landed in the Moon’s Ocean of Storms on November 19, 1969.

Apollo 14 landed in the Moon’s Fra Mauro formation on February 5, 1971.

Apollo 15 landed in the Moon’s Hadley Rille region on July 30, 1971.

Apollo 16 landed in the Moon’s Cayley Formation on April 21, 1972.

Apollo 17 landed in the Moon’s Taurus-Littrow Valley on December 11, 1972.

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