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Lunar Spacecraft Images, A place for moon panoramas, mosaics etc.
Phil Stooke
post Apr 8 2016, 05:18 PM
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I can say that the results I have seen are stunning. One ongoing problem is the lack of proper metadata. I hope raw data can be released without (or prior to the preparation of) PDS-standard metadata.

Remember LOIRP? The recovery of Lunar Orbiter digital data from original tapes. It was largely successful, but the results are still only partially accessible, unless I am missing something.

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post Apr 15 2016, 09:46 PM
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I spent a few enjoyable days in Flagstaff last month, poking around in the archives with the help of David Portree. Here is something I found which has never been seen since the committees involved considered it. Part of this story is told in Don Wlihelms' To a Rocky Moon and my International Atlas of Lunar Exploration, but the full story revealed here has not been published anywhere.

In June 1969 it was still not certain that Apollo 11 would land successfully, or which site it would land at (it was targeted for Apollo Site 2 in Mare Tranquillitatis, but a launch delay could have moved it to Site 3 in Sinus Medii or Site 5 in Oceanus Procellarum). Nevertheless, Apollo planners were thinking ahead to the second landing, and its goal was a pinpoint landing (within walking distance of a specific target point). Therefore, a list of suitable target points was needed. Before the Apollo Site Selection Board settled on Surveyor 3 as the pinpoint target, small fresh craters in the pre-defined landing ellipses were favoured. Newell Trask of USGS Menlo Park was given the job of selecting the points.

On 19 June 1969 he responded with a memo to James Sasser of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center (now JSC). He provided coordinates for 8 points in Site 2, 8 points in Site 3 and 9 points in Site 5. But they were not latitude and longitude, they were measurements in centimeters on individual framelets of specific Lunar Orbiter images. I have now mapped those points and have posted the map here. One point at Site 5 did become the backup landing target for Apollo 12. At Site 2 the map also shows the locations of two areas which were modelled at Cinder Lake, near Flagstaff, by setting off explosives to create craters. Google Earth shows those craters still, with the Flagstaff landfill between them.

The Wilhelms version of this story only refers to Site 5 and does not specify the locations. My earlier book included a map for Site 5 based on a list from another memo by Farouk El Baz, taken from Trask's memo, but I had never seen the full list until last month.

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Phil Stooke
post Apr 15 2016, 10:04 PM
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Another goody I had not seen before. Planned EVAs at Tsiolkovsky crater on the far side, from the plan for the final Apollo landing promoted by Jack Schmitt. This is from a study of the communication relay satellite that would be needed for that mission.

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post Apr 15 2016, 10:52 PM
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Wow - I had no idea about that Tsiolkovsky mission! That's a very interesting area for all sorts of geological reasons (apart from being visually spectacular). What a shame that never happened.

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post Oct 14 2018, 11:24 PM
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While we wait for a new crop of lunar landers, and in honor of John Young, here is an image from Apollo 16. This is the panorama taken at Station 4 on Stone Mountain, the southernmost point of the traverse, in circular form. It gives a great view out to the north across the landing site.

I just recently completed the remapping of Apollo 16 EVA routes using LROC images.

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post Oct 15 2018, 05:52 AM
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and new images from DSLWP-B
http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/pics-b.html

color corrected farside images
https://twitter.com/cgbassa/status/1051493157056249856

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post Oct 16 2018, 12:11 AM
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Here is another Apollo 16 view - North Ray crater, one of the polarization panoramas.

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post Oct 25 2018, 04:36 PM
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Has anyone seen the complete catalogue of images from the Surveyor Digitization Project? Jason Davis of the Planetary Society posted a few images back in 2016, but that's the best I could find. I would have assumed Phil would have had a field day with all the raw images after all the hard work he did when he cleaned up the older mosaics. I can't even find a home website for the project.
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post Oct 25 2018, 04:54 PM
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Not released yet. I am not up to date with progress, but my understanding is that they have the pictures but they are trying to put together the metadata - all the information about the time, pointing, exposure time and so on. They need it all to submit it all to the Planetary Data System.

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Phil Stooke
post Jan 7 2019, 11:28 PM
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While Yutu 2 is snoozing I can catch up on some other goodies. Here is an Apollo panorama which I have never seen assembled before (yes, there is plenty that an enterprizing image processor can still do with Apollo). This is the Apollo 16 'rover pan' taken in EVA 3 on the rim of Palmetto crater. Charlie Duke took pictures as John Young drove the rover in a tight circle. Duke took pictures for half a panorama, not the whole 360 degrees, looking into Palmetto. The original images are low contrast, and here I have greatly enhanced contrast to show the crater interior.

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post Jan 8 2019, 12:37 AM
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And another taken a few minutes later as they passed a rimless depression Duke called a 'doodlebug hole'.

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post Jan 8 2019, 04:03 AM
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Superb, mention, history and recording such, Phil...of times, perhaps, lost if unknown.

Currently reading 'First Man' by Hansen, J. R. - this Amazon link https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Man-Life-Nei...g/dp/1476727813 - (intentionally ignored the film): a wonderful history here, too, of Armstrong's life, his experiences, flights and fights, before.... Some wonderful historic, nostalgic images, too.

Mention, may not fall within the UMSF criteria/rules...I know, so apologies (but with appreciation) to the Admin if they allow, the above resource does also involve UMSF references (minimally, let's say)
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