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Space An Apollo 15 Panorama: Astronaut Exploring

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

    Jul 28, 2004
    NASA Astronomy Picture Of The Day
    An Apollo 15 Panorama: Astronaut Exploring


    An Apollo 15 Panorama: Astronaut Exploring
    Credit: Apollo 15 Crew, USGS, NASA

    Explanation: What would it be like to explore the Moon? NASA's Apollo missions gave humans just this chance in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In particular, the Apollo 15 mission was dedicated to better understanding the surface of the Moon by exploring mountains, valleys, maria, and highlands. Astronauts David Scott and James Irwin spent nearly three days on the Moon while Alfred Worden orbited above in the Command Module. The mission, which blasted off from Earth on 1971 July 26, was the first to deploy a Lunar Roving Vehicle. Pictured above in this digitally stitched mosaic panorama, David Scott examines a boulder in front of the summit of Mt. Hadley Delta. The shadow of James Irwin is visible to the right, while scrolling to the right will reveal a well-lit and diverse lunar terrain. The Apollo 15 mission returned about 76 kilograms of moon rocks for detailed study. In the future, NASA and other space agencies plan to continue to lead humanity's exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

    (Via NASA)

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