APOD: America and the Sea of Serenity (2022 Dec 10)

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APOD: America and the Sea of Serenity (2022 Dec 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Dec 10, 2022 5:06 am

Image America and the Sea of Serenity

Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo view of another world. Fifty years ago the scene was recorded by Apollo 17 mission commander Eugene Cernan on December 11, 1972, one orbit before descending to land on the Moon. The stereo anaglyph was assembled from two photographs (AS17-147-22465, AS17-147-22466) captured from his vantage point on board the Lunar Module Challenger as he and Dr. Harrison Schmitt flew over Apollo 17's landing site in the Taurus-Littrow Valley. The broad, sunlit face of the mountain dubbed South Massif rises near the center of the frame, above the dark floor of Taurus-Littrow to its left. Piloted by Ron Evans, the Command Module America is visible in orbit in the foreground against the South Massif's peak. Beyond the mountains, toward the lunar limb, lies the Moon's Mare Serenitatis.

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Re: APOD: America and the Sea of Serenity (2022 Dec 10)

Post by De58te » Sat Dec 10, 2022 9:27 am

I question whether the image A317-147-22465 was used to make this 3D image. If you go to the link you can see the command module in 22465 is just to the left of the mountain side still over the valley. Even in 22466 the command module has just 'climbed' half way up the mountain. BUT in 22467 the CM is right at the top of the mountain peak just like it is located in today's APOD. Obviously image 22467 must have been used instead of 22465.

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Re: APOD: America and the Sea of Serenity (2022 Dec 10)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Dec 10, 2022 1:48 pm

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Worth putting red & blue on! :D
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Apollo 17!
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Re: APOD: America and the Sea of Serenity (2022 Dec 10)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Dec 10, 2022 1:51 pm

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That's a deep hole; don't fall in! :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: America and the Sea of Serenity (2022 Dec 10)

Post by johnnydeep » Sat Dec 10, 2022 3:25 pm

De58te wrote: Sat Dec 10, 2022 9:27 am I question whether the image A317-147-22465 was used to make this 3D image. If you go to the link you can see the command module in 22465 is just to the left of the mountain side still over the valley. Even in 22466 the command module has just 'climbed' half way up the mountain. BUT in 22467 the CM is right at the top of the mountain peak just like it is located in today's APOD. Obviously image 22467 must have been used instead of 22465.
You would appear to be correct. The "scene was recorded" link in the description states this:
View from the LM of the landing site. The Command Module in the foreground. The images are AS17-147-22466 and 67, taken by Gene Cernan one orbit before the landing. Anaglyph by Patrick Vantuyne.
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