This is the Web Edition of "A Trip Into Space", a Coimbra-based electronic book on space science. Both the texts and the photos are by courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Moon
Astronaut Stands Near Lunar Module Leg

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Aldrin stands near the leg of the lunar module on the Moon. Despite the fact that the backpacks and astronauts only weighed 1/6 on their 350 pound Earth weight, their center of gravity was shifted so they had to lean slightly forward to balance. Footprints are clearly visible in the foreground. (Apollo 11, AS11-40-5902)

Last Update: 2004-Nov-27