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Apollo Sites from LRO
Ian R
post Jul 17 2009, 06:26 PM
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Apollo 11 descent footage frame compared to LRO view. Both have been oriented so that west is 'up':

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Ian R
post Jul 17 2009, 06:31 PM
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Probable locations of LRVs (definite in the case of Apollo 16):

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Paul Fjeld
post Jul 17 2009, 07:05 PM
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The main NASA LRO site has larger views centered around the landing sites:

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

This one, from '11:

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/369440m...pollo11_lrg.jpg

...really shows West crater and those big boulders Armstrong decided against landing next to.
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post Jul 17 2009, 07:06 PM
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QUOTE (Paul Fjeld @ Jul 17 2009, 07:57 PM) *
Or maybe the big S-band deployable antenna...


QUOTE (Tubo @ Jul 17 2009, 08:05 PM) *
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?


Maybe. One should remember though that the S-Band antenna blew over during the hot-fire jets check shortly prior lift-off. MET shadow?
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Paul Fjeld
post Jul 17 2009, 07:09 PM
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Even on its side, its bigger than the MET...


QUOTE (Ian R)
Probable locations of LRVs (definite in the case of Apollo 16):

I think you nailed 'em.
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post Jul 17 2009, 07:16 PM
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QUOTE (FordPrefect @ Jul 17 2009, 08:06 PM) *
Maybe. One should remember though that the S-Band antenna blew over during the hot-fire jets check shortly prior lift-off. MET shadow?


Yes, let's wait for higher res images.
Guys, I'm so excited with these yet!


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Paul Fjeld
post Jul 17 2009, 07:46 PM
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Anybody else having trouble finding the landing sites from the Zoomify big pictures on the LROC site? Man! I keep scrolling, hunting, but I can't find anything yet. Maybe I'm too excited. I'm using the larger scale maps from Lunar Orbiter for context, putting the image in Lat/Long focus around the published location for the site, and still no use... I thought I had a good eye! If anybody can give me a rough location on the big strip for Apollo 14, I would be much obliged.
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post Jul 17 2009, 07:51 PM
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Look on the extreme right side - Triplet crater only just makes it onto the image.

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post Jul 17 2009, 08:18 PM
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Thanks! Maybe an eighth of the image height above the center.

I was scanning for Cone crater and Triplet but, of course, no Cone crater. We'll have to look for the later shots to see exactly where Al and Ed ended up before turning back down the mountain without that view...
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post Jul 17 2009, 08:19 PM
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QUOTE (Ian R @ Jul 17 2009, 02:31 PM) *
Probable locations of LRVs (definite in the case of Apollo 16):


I see a lot of parking tickets under the wiper.


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post Jul 17 2009, 08:36 PM
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QUOTE (Paul Fjeld @ Jul 17 2009, 03:18 PM) *
Thanks! Maybe an eighth of the image height above the center.

I was scanning for Cone crater and Triplet but, of course, no Cone crater. We'll have to look for the later shots to see exactly where Al and Ed ended up before turning back down the mountain without that view...


Yeah... I finally found it. Not easy. What clued me in was a comment from the teleconference that Cone Crater was out of view on the image track to the east. So I scrolled up the right side of the image until I saw Triplet.

Interesting that we can see the tracks from EVA 1 but I see nothing to the east for EVA 2. I assume the lighting might have something to do with it, or it is because EVA 1 was more scuffed up and traveled?

Can't wait for the highr res including the Cone crater traverse.

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post Jul 17 2009, 08:39 PM
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Ok... I just submitted post #41 and now I think I do see a very faint track to the east on the Apollo 14 image.

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post Jul 17 2009, 09:59 PM
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Sirs, I am speechless, first due to these LRO images (and perfect timing of release) and second for the great identification effort you're doing...
Is like to see man on the moon for the second time! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 17 2009, 11:21 PM
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Seems strange to see the sites with sun from the west, though. Never saw these sites in afternoon sun before!

I am *really* looking forward to the pics that will come down from the science orbit!

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post Jul 17 2009, 11:51 PM
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Here is an attempt to enhance the immediate Apollo 11 site from LROC
The striping of the camera system is apparent; just pushing noise around at this altitude and with no calibration

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