A lunar panorama


Before setting foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong captured this scenic view of the lunar landscape.


A panoramic view of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon.
A panoramic view of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon.
Neil Armstrong / NASA

Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames, this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility.

The images were taken by Neil Armstrong, looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar Module shortly after the July 20, 1969 landing. The frame at the far left is the first picture taken by a person on another world. Toward the south, thruster nozzles can be seen in the foreground on the left, while at the right, the shadow of the Eagle is visible to the west.

For scale, the large, shallow crater on the right has a diameter of about 12 meters. Frames taken from the Lunar Module windows about an hour and a half after landing, before walking on the lunar surface, were intended to initially document the landing site in case an early departure was necessary.


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