Garnet var. Demantoid from Iran
These Are The Satellites Watching Us From Above The Earth
“Satellite data can reveal a host of very small data points from very far away. But just how do they get such a detailed view? Through a mix of all kinds of different satellites, all moving in concert around the Earth, and keeping a close eye on it. Here they are in action.”
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East Coprates Chasma Landslides
March 7, 1969 — The lunar module “Spider” in a landing configuration, photographed from the command module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. The landing gear on the “Spider” has been deployed. Sensitive lunar surface probes extend out from the landing gear foot pads. Long story short, the Apollo 9 mission was essentially a space scrimmage for the historic Apollo 11 moon shot that took place just a few months later.