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Unmanned landing sites from LRO, Surveyors, Lunas, Lunakhods and impact craters from hardware impacts
Phil Stooke
post Jun 1 2010, 01:00 AM
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Another possible impact crater... this might be SMART-1. If so, it just skimmed the crest of the mountain in the top image (approaching from the north) and hit the surface slightly to the south of it. I don't know how plausible that is, but I don't see another candidate site yet.

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post Jun 23 2010, 09:05 PM
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The new release is out... and to celebrate it, here's Surveyor 7 casting a nice shadow.

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post Jun 23 2010, 09:10 PM
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... and the nearby 'playa' which was the actual landing target. Nice gullies!
(the image number is in the filename if you save these images)

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Phil Stooke
post Jun 24 2010, 12:35 PM
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This is Surveyor 7 from the raw image instead of the zoomify screen.

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post Jun 24 2010, 02:34 PM
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I have waited to see this for so long. WOW!


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Phil Stooke
post Jun 24 2010, 03:11 PM
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This is an extreme enlargement of the area around Surveyor 7 in that image, fitted to craters in the detailed site plan in my Atlas, and with Surveyor 7 placed in its correct location and orientation. The spacecraft drawing doesn't show the solar panel/antenna assembly to avoid hiding objects beneath it.

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post Jun 27 2010, 10:29 AM
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How extremely nice ... I am just looking at your Atlas tome. Good fit, Phil !
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Phil Stooke
post Jun 27 2010, 11:10 AM
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Thanks, Kenny!

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post Jun 27 2010, 11:03 PM
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Wow! Slightly OT, but is that a 'pond' of impact melt? And what are those 'knobs' near Surveyor?

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post Jun 28 2010, 12:30 AM
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Yes, it's one of many ponds of impact melt around Tycho. The pattern of cracks is quite typical. I'm not sure which knobs you're referring to, but probably what you are describing are just rocks. This was quite a rocky site, as you can see if you look at the Surveyor 7 panorama (Google will lead you to it).

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Phil Stooke
post Oct 14 2010, 03:57 PM
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Here's a nice recently released LROC image of the tracks of Lunokhod 2, where it crossed a faint depression that they called "unnoticed rille". The image number is in the file name.

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post Mar 31 2012, 03:05 PM
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Supposedly the LRO has imaged the Lunar 23 & 24 landing sites:

Motherboard: Soviet Moon Mystery Solved by NASA, 50 years later

Rather sadly the images are not included in the linked article.
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post Mar 31 2012, 03:37 PM
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Here. Cool!

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.rss.sp....html?pid=40380
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post Mar 31 2012, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE (gndonald @ Mar 31 2012, 04:05 PM) *
Supposedly the LRO has imaged the Lunar 23 & 24 landing sites:
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Rather sadly the images are not included in the linked article.


Actually she do have images on her page also, click at below right of the image at 'next'. The one linked by Deception is uncropped so even better though. smile.gif
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Phil Stooke
post Mar 31 2012, 04:31 PM
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Luna 23 was an LPOD a few days ago. I have to say i'm not sure I can accept the new interpretation that the big white lump is the return capsule and the vehicle fell over. It transmitted to Earth for several days. The older interpretation from the first LROC images of it was that the lump was a rock which damaged the lander (i.e. it struck a glancing blow during landing). Seems more likely to me, but I suppose shadow analysis might help reveal the difference.

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