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

( -- 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.

Explore further: Scars on Mars from 2012 rover landing fade—usually

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Smart-1 views Hadley Rille near Apollo 15 landing site

Jul 28, 2005

An image of Hadley Rille was taken by the Advanced Moon Micro0Imager Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's Smart-1 spacecraft. AMIE obtained this image from an altitude of about 2000 kilometres. It covers an area ...

Happy 40th anniversary, Apollo 15!

Jul 27, 2011

This month is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 15 launch. This mission was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth to the Moon. The Apollo 15 mission is important because it was another ...

Image: Orion seen from the Rover

Nov 09, 2011

( -- The Apollo 16 Lunar Module "Orion" is photographed from a distance by astronaut Chares M. Duke Jr., Lunar Module pilot, aboard the moving Lunar Roving Vehicle.

3D Measurements of Apollo 14 Landing Site

Feb 02, 2010

( -- Can we measure the size and shape of equipment and other objects on the moon using orbital images from the current Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission?

Image: Apollo 16: Footsteps Under High Sun

Jul 08, 2010

( -- The lunar module Orion landed in the Descartes Highlands of the moon on April 21, 1972. The Apollo 16 mission targeted a highland region. Originally thought to be a volcanic site, the samples ...

Recommended for you

Europe resumes Galileo satnav deployment (Update)

Mar 27, 2015

Europe resumed deployment of its beleaguered Galileo satnav programme on Friday, launching a pair of satellites seven months after a rocket malfunction sent two multi-million euro orbiters awry.

More evidence for groundwater on Mars

Mar 27, 2015

Monica Pondrelli and colleagues investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area, Mars, to understand their formation and potential habitability. On the plateau, ...

User comments : 4

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

not rated yet Mar 06, 2012
WOW! Wouldn't it be great if MSSS released EVERY photo taken by LROC NAC with this resolution?
not rated yet Mar 06, 2012
Fake. Every member of the Illuminati knows that the moon ladings were completely faked.
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?
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.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.