Moon photos

Dear Editor:NASA scientists on June 21 reported that the reconnaissance orbiter for two years, in 2010 and 2011, had the orbiter's laser altimeter construct a 3D type of map of the moon. Well here we have an orbiter that took 4 billion measurements to map the moon, but we still do not have one picture of any of the six moon landers or of the three rovers. NASA had 30 days after mapping the moon to take up-close photos to celebrate the 42-year anniversary of the moon landing. The orbiter is only 31 miles above the moon with no clouds or atmosphere to interfere with getting perfect photos. The orbiter has a special telescope that can get as close as 30 feet or less. Also, all these previous years NASA could have sent a proper type of telescope on one of the 37 trips that the space shuttle had taken to the space station. This is procrastination at its best. NASA should produce up-close photos or just tell the world the truth. -- Mike Sandoval, Downey

********** Published: August 04, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 16