APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

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APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

Postby APOD Robot » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:06 am

Image Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater

Explanation: In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus-Littrow valley, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited overhead. [url=http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a17/images17.html#21009" >This sharp image was taken by Cernan as he and Schmitt roamed the lunar rover at the edge of Shorty Crater, near the spot where geologist Schmitt discovered orange lunar soil. The Apollo 17 crew returned with 110 kilograms [url=http://airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/multimedia/detail.cfm?id=994" >of rock and soil samples, more than was returned from any of the other lunar the last to walk on the Moon.

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Re: APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

Postby Boomer12k » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:18 am

Nice... but I prefer the long panorama shot...

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Re: APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

Postby heehaw » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:48 am

Thanks for taking me back there to those glory days!

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Re: APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

Postby ta152h0 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:02 pm

The days when men of vision were voted in......long gone
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Re: APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

Postby bls0326 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:33 pm

Apollo 12 splashed down in the Pacific on this day in 1969.

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Re: APOD: Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (2017 Nov 24)

Postby neufer » Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:55 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorty_(crater) wrote:
<<Shorty is a feature on Earth's Moon, a likely volcanic crater in the Taurus-Littrow valley. Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt visited it in 1972, on the Apollo 17 mission. It is the location of the famous "orange soil". It is about 110 meters in diameter. The crater was named after the character "Shorty" in Richard Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America", as well as to honor the genre of the short story with particular reference to J. D. Salinger.

"Shorty Crater is about 14 m deep. Based on our investigations at the site and later examination of photographs, the impact that formed it penetrated, in order, regolith on the avalanche deposit, the avalanche deposit, regolith on a basalt flow, a basalt flow overlying and protecting the orange and black glass layers, the orange and black glass layers, regolith on a second basalt flow, and, finally, the upper portion of that second flow. Orange and black glass clods and basalt boulders are spread throughout the ejecta blanket surrounding Shorty."

— Apollo 17 Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt as quoted by LROC>>
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