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Map of Moon Exploration: How Far Did Armstrong and Aldrin Roam?

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The Apollo 11 travelled more than 200,000 miles to the moon - but did you know that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men on the moon went all that distance only to hop about the area smaller than a soccer field?

If you have no idea how big a soccer field is, then perhaps this is a better comparison:

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Perhaps Armstrong & Aldrin were right: once you've seen one patch of moon dirt, you've seen 'em all!

Via Strange Maps and Sleeping in My Head

The landing area was very carefully selected in advance, perhaps due to its proximity to the landmarks most of interest to NASA? There are suggestions that the real purpose of the voyage was to confirm and investigate the existence of artificial structures present on the moon. See "Dark Mission" by Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Barra for an intriguing look at the less publicized nature of space exploration. Fascinating stuff.
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i want to say "are you kidding us? Hoagland is a nut." but i'll simply provide a counterpoint to the reading suggestion:
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if i recall correctly, the lunar rovers were simply to save time - to get around to various interesting geological sites more quickly. more 'bang for the buck' when it came to precious time. i think they were only on apollos 15, 16, and 17. my mind has withered since when i used to know all that info.
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This is not an insult to people's intelligence. It puts things in perspective, relating the sizes to something most people would be familiar with.

They really didn't go that far, did they?
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I love the Studio 1A comment.

alguien - I completely disagree. Most people do not have a better grasp of distances in metres or feet than they would picturing this in relation to a familiar object.

That's why when you go to that really big bridge in Virginia (or West Virginia or somewhere around there), they show you how many Empire State buildings high it is.

I don't know the exact measurements of a baseball stadium, but I sure know the approximate size of one.
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