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Thinking ahead, NASA sent five missions up to photograph the moon in the 1960s, before sending the first people. The data have been stored since then in analog form, and now the Lunar Orbiter Recovery Project is converting the data to digital form and reconstructing the images. This one, released last week by NASA, if the first of many more sure to come.
In a repeat of the 1960s, NASA will send up the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter next year to map the moon in preparation, in part, for the next human mission.