Apollo 17
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Apollo 17 the Orange Soil

This is the Shorty Crater with the Orange soil which you can see if you look to the right of the Rover.

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Apollo 17

Launched: 7 December 1972 UT 05:33:00 (12:33:00 a.m. EST)
Landed on Moon: 11 December 1972 UT 19:54:57 (02:54:57 p.m. EST)

Eugene A. Cernan, commander
Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot
Harrison H. Schmitt, lunar module pilot

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

Apollo 17 Wikipedia

Journal transcript for this panorama Time:145:49:03

Images used for this panorama

AS17-137-20991
145:49:03 This first frame of Gene's Station 4 pan shows the deep shadow on the eastern wall of Shorty, with the North Massif in the background.
AS17-137-20992
145:49:03 Leftward of 20991. Eastern portion of the central mound. Hanover Crater and a continuation of the Scarp can be seen in the distance on the North Massif.
AS17-137-20993 (
145:49:03 Leftward of 20992, showing part of the central mound in Shorty. Hanover Crater and a continuation of the Scarp can be seen in the distance on the North Massif.
AS17-137-20994
145:49:03 Leftward of 20993, showing the northern wall of Shorty and the central mound. Hanover Crater and a continuation of the Scarp can be seen in the distance on the North Massif.
AS17-137-20995
145:49:03 Gene lowered his aim to show most of the central mound.
AS17-137-20996
145:49:03 Leftward of 20995, showing the western wall of Shorty and the central mound. Note the pattern of reddish orange streaks going into the crater from the rim. Gene mentions this coloration at 145:48:36.
AS17-137-20997
145:49:03 Leftward of 20996, showing the pattern of reddish orange streaks going down into the crater from the rim. Gene mentions this coloration at 145:48:36.
AS17-137-20998
145:49:03 Similar to 20997, showing the pattern of reddish orange streaks going down into the crater from the rim. Gene mentions this coloration at 145:48:36.
AS17-137-20999
145:49:03 Rightward of 20998 and aimed higher.
AS17-137-21000
145:49:03 Rightward of 20999, showing the northwest wall of Shorty with Hanover Crater and the extension of the scarp on the North Massif in the distance.
AS17-137-21001
145:49:03 Rightward of 21000, showing the north wall of Shorty with Hanover Crater and the extension of the scarp on the North Massif in the distance.
AS17-137-21002
145:49:03 Rightward of 21001, showing the north wall of Shorty with Hanover Crater and the extension of the scarp on the North Massif in the distance.
AS17-137-21003
145:49:03 Rightward of 21002, showing the northeast wall of Shorty with Hanover Crater and the extension of the scarp on the North Massif in the distance.
AS17-137-21004
145:49:03 Rightward of 21003, showing the deep shadow on the east wall, with the North Massif in the distance.
AS17-137-21005
145:49:03 Gene turned to his left to get another picture of the red/orange streaks going down into the crater from the rim beyond the Station 4 boulder.
AS17-137-21006
145:49:03 Similar to 21005 but probably at a different f-stop.
AS17-137-21007
145:49:03 Leftward of 21006 with the Station 4 boulder and the area where Jack and Gene sampled the orange soil of the lefthand side.
AS17-137-21008
145:49:03 Similar to 21007 but aimed lower. Note the sunlit face of the scarp immediately above the top row of reseau crosses.
AS17-137-21009
145:49:03 Leftward of 21007. This frame is part of an excellent pan that Gene took from the SE rim of Shorty Crater. It shows Jack at his Rover seat and, in addition to the patch of orange soil between the Rover and the boulder beyond, it shows streaks of orange soil on the inner wall of the crater beyond the boulder.
AS17-137-21010
145:49:03 Leftward of 21009, showing Jack at his Rover seat.
AS17-137-21011
145:49:03 Similar to 21010. Jack is at his LRV seat holding the double core. The trench site in orange soil is at the fiducial mark to the left and just above the LRV. Note the patch of orange soil on reseau spacing left and below the center cross.
AS17-137-21012
145:49:03 Leftward of 21011. Jack is now at the front of the Rover. The in-bound Rover tracks are labeled in a detail ( 162k ).
AS17-137-21013
145:49:03 Leftward of 21012, with the back of the Rover at the righthand edge. Note the two, fresh, sharp-rimmed craters in the middle distance, with the righthand crater being indented on the north by a smaller crater. As can be seen in a detail ( 240k ), Gene drove close to the rim of the righthand crater on his way to Station 4. The Rover wheels are centered 72 inches ( 1.8 m) apart and we can estimate that the main component of the righthand crater is about 10 meters in diameter. As can be seen in a labeled detail from Pan Camera frame 2309 ( 1.6 Mb ), this crater is about 80 meters from Gene's pan location on the southeast rim of Shorty.
AS17-137-21014
145:49:03 Leftward of 21013. Lennie Waugh notes that an addition track segment can be seen in the distance, as indicated in an enhanced detail ( 154k ).
AS17-137-21015
145:49:03 Leftward of 21014, showing the entire South Massif summit ridge.
AS17-137-21016
145:49:03 Leftward of 21015, showing the eastern slope of the South Massif.
AS17-137-21017
145:49:03 Leftward of 21016. The debris in the foreground suggests a secondary crater off the bottom of the frame.
AS17-137-21018
145:49:03 Leftward of 21017. Bear Mountain is the low mound on the left in front of the East Massif.
AS17-137-21019
145:49:03 Leftward of 21018, toward the East Massif.
AS17-137-21020
145:49:03 Leftward of 21019, with the East Massif on the right and the Sculptured Hills on the right.
AS17-137-21021
145:49:03 Leftward of 21020, with the East Massif on the right and the Sculptured Hills on the right.
AS17-137-21022
145:49:03 Leftward of 21021. Up-Sun along the Shorty rim.
AS17-137-21023
145:49:03 Leftward of 21022. View along the Shorty rim toward Wessex Cleft.
AS17-137-21024
145:49:03 Leftward of 21023. East rim of Shorty, with the North Massif in the background.


Images NASA / Panorama © Hans Nyberg

Panorama was stitched and converted to QTVR by Hans Nyberg / Panoramas.dk

The images for this panorama are new scans from the original film taken by the astronauts in 1971.

They were scanned by Kipp Teague for the Apollo Image Gallery

The camera used for this panorama was a special version of the Hasselblad 500.
It had a grid right in front of the film which gives you the hair crosses you can see in the panorama.

Several other Hasselblad cameras was also used.Also read the page at Hasselblad.se




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