LEGACY REMAINS All of these buildings, crater fields, and other natural features serve as reminders of Flagstaffâ€™s lunar legacy, but so does the modern science still proliferating in the city. NASA astronauts still come to the area for training at Spider Web Camp and elsewhere, USGS scientists still map and photograph the moon and other solar system bodies, and space science studies are stronger than ever here, as evidenced by the work at the USGS, Lowell, NOFS, NAU, and Coconino Community College. With the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon mission just around the corner, this is a great time to celebrate Flagstaffâ€™s lunar legacy. Kevin Schindler is the historian at Lowell Observatory. Bill Sheehan is an astronomy historian and a retired psychiatrist. They are Flagstaff residents and co-authors of Northern Arizona Space Training, part of the Images of America book series. Top: A group taking part in a Coconino National Forest hike explores Cinder Crater Field One in late September. (Nancy Wiechec photos) Bottom: A sign on the fence surrounding Cinder Lake Crater Field One explains the astronaut training area.
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