Few People Know NASA Trained For The Moon Landing At This Secret Crater In Arizona

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

We’ve heard those words so many times that hearing them doesn’t mean much to us. Humans are visual creatures, and sometimes seeing history is much more effective than reading about it. Luckily, there’s a place right here in Arizona where one of the most significant events ever, the moon landing, has been preserved. Astronauts trained for the mission at Cinder Lake, and craters they created to simulate the lunar landscape still remain. Check it out:

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Cinder Lake can be accessed by heading northeast from Flagstaff on US 89. Turn right on Forest Service Rd 776, following it until you reach the destination.

Have you ever seen any of these craters? Did you know NASA used them as training grounds?

To read more about Barringer Crater, check out The World’s Largest Meteor Crater Is Right Here In Arizona And It’s Truly Remarkable.