Earth's Moon - Apollo 11

Image of astronaut footprint on the Moon

Earth's Moon
Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Aldrin photographed this footprint in the lunar soil as part of an experiment to study the nature of lunar dust and the effects of pressure on the surface. The dust was found to compact easily under the weight of the astronauts leaving a shallow but clear impression of the boots, characteristic of a very fine, dry material. The footprint image has also become one of the enduring symbols of the first visit to the Moon. (Apollo 11, AS11-40-5878)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1969-07-21
Distance/Range (km): 0.001
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -00.57,023.49 E
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: surface image, astronaut
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - 50 168
Instrument Field of View (deg): 60 mm Focal Length
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: AS11-40-5878
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 69-059A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 24 January 2003, DRW.