Lunar training in Flagstaff, Ariz.
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Apollo 11 lunar training sites near Flagstaff, Ariz.

Lunar training in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Dreams of outer space began at places like Lowell Observatory, near Flagstaff, Ariz. As preparations for the 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission were being made, artists worked with scientists to create detailed lunar maps, based, in part, on observation through Lowell telescopes.

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Lunar training in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Otherworldly landscapes near Flagstaff, Ariz., became training grounds for Apollo astronauts. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and its surroundings were used to test spacesuits, rover prototypes, gear and instruments.

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Lunar training in Flagstaff, Ariz.

A relief map of the San Francisco volcanic field in northern Arizona, where NASA astronauts trained.

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Lunar training in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Sunset Crater viewed from the west.

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Lunar training in Flagstaff, Ariz.

July 1968: construction of Cinder Lake crater field No. 2 east of Flagstaff. A simulated lunar surface consisting of 354 craters was created with explosives.

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