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Apollo Sites from LRO
Ian R
post Jul 17 2009, 05:06 PM
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LRO view of Apollo 15 compared to mosaic made from ascent footage - the white arrow points to a piece of the descent stage insulation that was blown off during liftoff.

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post Jul 17 2009, 05:08 PM
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So far it seems that the Apollo 14 Landing site shot has got the greatest resolution, aren't the MET tracks the ones visible?


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post Jul 17 2009, 05:10 PM
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A combination of shuffling astronauts and dragged met.
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Phil Stooke
post Jul 17 2009, 05:11 PM
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Now you can zoomify the whole images at the LROC site - here's the Apollo 17 Station 6 boulder:

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(Zoomify uses a compressed image so there are artifacts)

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post Jul 17 2009, 05:11 PM
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YeeHAHHH!!

Great stuff! I make out the '11 site LM at about 200 pixels, some of the others, slightly less. You can clearly see the nozzle shadow going to the bulk of the stage with the plume deflectors very light. I'm trying to convince myself I see the flag - more to study. And they almost got all the sites! Really look forward to the best stuff to come - oh, yah... and all the new places to land and explore.
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Phil Stooke
post Jul 17 2009, 05:16 PM
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The north end of the Apollo 11 image came within about 6 km of the Surveyor 5 site - so close...

(PS - how am I supposed to get any work done?)

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Ian R
post Jul 17 2009, 05:20 PM
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Apollo 17 ascent and LRO comparision:

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post Jul 17 2009, 05:22 PM
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Yes Phil, I concur with the Geophone rock shadow! smile.gif

I know this is a wild guess for the Apollo 14 image, but could this be the...
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post Jul 17 2009, 05:38 PM
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Apollo 11 ascent and LRO comparison:

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post Jul 17 2009, 05:43 PM
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QUOTE (Tubo @ Jul 17 2009, 12:08 PM) *
So far it seems that the Apollo 14 Landing site shot has got the greatest resolution, aren't the MET tracks the ones visible?


Luv It!

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Ian R
post Jul 17 2009, 05:57 PM
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Apollo 16 ascent footage frame / LRO comparison:

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Curiously, the LRV itself isn't visible, although the shadow it casts towards the east certainly is.


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post Jul 17 2009, 05:57 PM
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QUOTE (FordPrefect)
I know this is a wild guess for the Apollo 14 image, but could this be the...
Flag shadow?

Or maybe the big S-band deployable antenna...
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post Jul 17 2009, 06:05 PM
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Wow. LRO has really come out of the gate hitting on all cylinders. Very evocative shots.


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Tubo
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Or maybe the big S-band deployable antenna...


I would go for the antenna too, even though it wouldn't cast a so distinct shadow...

Do you think the nylon of the flag would survive 40 years up there?


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post Jul 17 2009, 06:06 PM
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Apollo 14 ascent / LRO comparison - the black arrow in both images is pointing toward Turtle Rock:

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