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July 20 marks 52 years since NASA’s Apollo program landed the first humans on the Moon.
Since then, we’ve seen countless images of our closest celestial body, taken from Earth and space.
It’s worth noting how much things have changed. Not for the Moon itself, but rather our vision of it — and how that shapes our perception of our place in the universe.
Astronauts snapped this image during the Apollo 11 mission, which captures the Moon’s surface and Earth in the distance.
6. The full Moon rises over Earth, as seen from the International Space Station in 2018.
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5. This striking image of the lunar surface was compiled from images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in 2017.
This NASA image of the rare event was captured from Earth. It could be seen from the ground across certain spots in the U.S.
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3. The bumpy, quiet surface of the Moon was captured in 2009 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
2. The Moon is home to many craters, like this one, which was photographed in 2018.
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