50 years past safely qualifies as history in human time. The Apollo Moon landings were important for many reasons, yet one overlooked is that they created the most common historical testament in the world. For no matter where you are, no matter how far or little you travel, you can always look up, at least a few times each year, to where the six lunar touchdowns happened.
Think of it in this context: ever since July 20th, 1969, every single picture of the Moon taken from Earth has included the areas where American men walked on the lunar surface. The evidence is microscopically invisible, sometimes in light and sometimes in shadow, but the Apollo landing sites are nonetheless within every image.
Since I started this blog, I have pointed my own feeble cameras towards the Apollo sites many times, yet hardly mention them explicitly. Today, I look back at some of my favorite lunar images, all of which include the Apollo areas, of course.
On March 5th, 2017, the Moon struggled to be seen through the encroaching clouds.
March 15th, 2017. Not too bad for a smartphone.
May 7th, 2017. This remains my favorite Moon image, even though it is a composite with Jupiter and its moons. It shows the relative sizes of all six objects as seen from Earth.
August 22nd, 2017. The silhouette of the Moon as it passed in front of the Sun.
September 17th, 2017. A unique perspective of the Moon through the plastic cap of my Dobsonian telescope.
October 11th, 2017. Daytime Moon.
November, 2017. Composite of the Moon on four nights from the same location.
December 7th, 2017. Rising Moon still facing the East horizon.
January 31st, 2018. Partial lunar eclipse.
April 19th, 2018. Crescent Moon.
May 17th, 2018. Moon and Venus at sunset.
June 7th, 2018. The Moon (center-right) seen during the day in Chicago.
September 30th, 2018. Happenstance capture of geese flying past the Moon.
January 20th, 2019, Full lunar eclipse.