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Monday, February 7, 2011

Apollo 14: astronaut Ed Mitchell's view from Lunar Module Antares

Apollo 14: astronaut Ed Mitchell's view from Lunar Module Antares
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Forty years ago, while looking out the window of Apollo 14's Lunar Module Antares, astronaut Ed Mitchell snapped a series of photos of the lunar surface, assembled into this detailed mosaic by Apollo Lunar Surface Journal editor Eric Jones. The view looks across the Fra Mauro highlands to the northwest of the landing site after the Apollo 14 astronauts had completed their second and final walk on the Moon. Prominent in the foreground is their Modular Equipment Transporter (MET), a two-wheeled, rickshaw-like device used to carry tools and samples. Near the horizon at top center is a 1.5 meter wide boulder dubbed Turtle rock. In the shallow crater below Turtle rock is the long white handle of a sampling instrument, thrown there javelin-style by Mitchell. Mitchell's fellow moonwalker and first American in space, Alan Shepard, also used a makeshift six iron to hit two golf balls. One of Shepard's golf balls is just visible as a white spot below Mitchell's javelin.
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Credit: Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, NASA; Mosaic - Eric M. Jones

2 comment(s):

DanteDAnthony said...

I wonder what THAT moment felt like....

Flyingdutchman said...

Great picture posted Jean Baptiste

On Earth you are called and Earthling.
On the Moon a Moonling?
If Moonlings had developed on the moon, they probably didn´t need colourvision... Most looks black, grey and greyish. But then again you would not be able to enjoy the fantastic sight of Earthrise in colourvision....

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