Space Image: Apollo 15 - Follow the tracks

Mar 06, 2012
Apollo 15 landing site imaged from an altitude of 15.5 miles (25 km). The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) is parked to the far right, and the Lunar Module descent stage is in the center. (M175252641L,R) Image credit: NASA Goddard/Arizona State University

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Apollo 15 Lunar Module (LM) Falcon set down on the Hadley plains (26.132°N, 3.634°E) a mere 2 kilometers from Hadley Rille.

The goals: sample the basalts that compose the mare deposit, explore a lunar rille for the first time, and search for ancient crustal rocks. Additionally, Dave Scott and Jim Irwin deployed the third Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) and unveiled the first Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV).

The ALSEP consisted of several experiments that were powered by a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) and sent back valuable scientific data to the Earth for over six years after the astronauts left.

This new LROC NAC image taken from low altitude shows the hardware and tracks in even more detail.

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deatopmg
not rated yet Mar 06, 2012
WOW! Wouldn't it be great if MSSS released EVERY photo taken by LROC NAC with this resolution?
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Mar 06, 2012
Fake. Every member of the Illuminati knows that the moon ladings were completely faked.
julianpenrod
1 / 5 (1) Mar 07, 2012
Again, the issue comes up of the standards of "proof" those who constantly demand proof of things like chemtrails and cold fusion, then disregard them, utilize. What does those who believe pictures like this to be real and not fabricated use to establish that fact? How are they sure of that? What makes it so absolutely, incontrovertibly certain that these kind of pictures are real that they will argue with those who point out, truthfully, that no real tangible proof these pictures aren't fabrications has been provided?
TheNaturalist
5 / 5 (1) Mar 10, 2012
For those who want to dismiss the achievement of the moon landings, I would ask you to spend some time going over the information in the "Apollo Lunar Surface Journal" (just google it). The evidence for this feat is overwhelming. Think of Harrison Schmitt, the LMP of Apollo 17 and only geologist ever to explore the moon, handling the rocks he collected each evening in the lunar module. When he got back to Earth, moon dust was so caked under his finger nails that it took a month to grow out. Or the suits worn on the moon's surface peppered with micro-meteorite impacts. Or the thousands of people who worked in real time with the astronauts during the missions guiding them as they explored on the surface, and monitoring the communication between the ships and Earth with large-dish radio telescopes.