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djellison
post Jul 17 2009, 02:52 PM
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Thought this deserved a new thread- we can't talk about EVERY LRO target in the one thread smile.gif

I made a mistake in this one - I didn't include the thruster plume guards. My MER/MPF simulation for HiRISE seemed to come out about right - so fingers crossed that this will be there or there abouts as well. Still in a comissioning phase, something of a slant angle - I'd expect approx 1.5m/pixel if it's at the 120km figure mentioned earlier.
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Phil Stooke
post Jul 17 2009, 04:10 PM
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First glimpse...:

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.html?id=1338

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post Jul 17 2009, 04:21 PM
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LRO Sees Apollo Landing Sites
I had been expecting something better...


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post Jul 17 2009, 04:23 PM
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And more:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/mult...pollosites.html

(same as above) - remember the instrument's still being calibrated and the final orbit will be half the height, or even less.

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post Jul 17 2009, 04:26 PM
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Are those LRV tracks from Apollo 17? They look about right for one of the EVAs, headed east and then curving north around the crater, but I can't put my mouse on a large-enough scale traverse map to be sure that's the right place.
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post Jul 17 2009, 04:27 PM
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Expected better? Sorry there are no individual footprints to be seen for you...! rolleyes.gif

These are AMAZING pictures when you think of what they represent. Better will follow. Let's enjoy these for now! :-)


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post Jul 17 2009, 04:29 PM
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Hello everybody!

Finally the images arrived!

Do you think we could expect any greater resolution, maybe through the lroc image browser?


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post Jul 17 2009, 04:30 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Jul 17 2009, 06:27 PM) *
Better will follow. Let's enjoy these for now! :-)


yes of course! I just expected to see for example rovers and instruments...


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post Jul 17 2009, 04:39 PM
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Wow, this is so cool!

I don't know, I suspect the LRV of Apollo 17 should be a bit less south, it was finally parked about 154 meters east of the LM. My guess yet:
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post Jul 17 2009, 04:43 PM
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I was expecting a bit better. You can see the seismometer's western solar array just about. It's not map-projected, and calibration hasn't kicked in to fix that interlacing-look to the pictures.

MUCH better is to come - that's for sure.

This is roughly with the same illumination.
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post Jul 17 2009, 04:45 PM
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QUOTE (Tubo @ Jul 17 2009, 05:29 PM) *
Do you think we could expect any greater resolution, maybe through the lroc image browser?


No. These thumbnails are at full resolution. We have to wait for the spacecraft to get into its final orbit before we go from these 1.2-ish m/pixel images to 50cm/pixel.
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post Jul 17 2009, 04:46 PM
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Apollo 15 - certainly see the tracks all around ALSEP.

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post Jul 17 2009, 04:48 PM
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Fordprefect - no, Geophone rock is casting the shadow just above left of your rock.

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post Jul 17 2009, 04:55 PM
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It'll get better, but for now I'm really happy just to see these old friends from my youth again. smile.gif

I'm only disappointed that they haven't snapped A12 & Surveyor 3 yet, but apparently that's gonna happen in a few weeks.


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post Jul 17 2009, 04:57 PM
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Here's Apollo 17, first quick look.

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The LRV location is a bit vague... is it possible it's the object with a shadow just above my 'LRV' text?


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