Astro Photography By Wes Higgins

©2004 Wes Higgins

Apollo 15 Landing Site Imaged 12-03-04 , 18 Inch Reflector , DMK-21F04 Camera

The Text Listed Below Is Provided By Personal Authorization From Christian Legrand Of VMA, Link To Virtual Moon Atlas

Description:
Launch on 26 July 1971 from Cape Kennedy / 13h 34mn (TU). Vehicle 3.9m diameter. Command Module Endeavour (CM) 3.65 m high and 5.7 t. Service
Module (SM) 7.6 m long and 23.5 t. Lunar Module Falcon (LM) from 6 m high. 4.2 m wide and 16.4 t whom 12 t propellants.
David R. SCOTT (Commander) James B. IRWIN (LM pilot) Alfred M. WORDEN (CSM pilot). Soft landing on July 30. 1971 on 22h 16mn 29s. First walk on july 31
from 13h 13mn to 19h 45mn (6h 32mn long). First excursion with LRV on August 1st from 11h 48mn to 19h 01mn (7h 13mn long). Second excursion with
LRV on August 2nd from 8h 52mn to 13h 42mn (4h 50mn long) until Rima Hadley. Total distance 27.9 km until 5 km from LM.
First use of Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). Four wheels with independant electrical engine. Stick driving. 76.8 kg collected rocks. Scott showed that a feather
and a hammer falls with the same speed because of the atmosphere lack. Dig to 2.36 m deep. Rima Hadley survey. Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment
Package (ALSEP) with radio transmitter. passive sismometer. atmosphere measurement. ions and dust detectors. Thermal flux measurement. Nuclear
thermoelectrical generator SNAP-27 with plutonium 238. ALSEP end of transmissions on September 30. 1977.
Lift-off August 2nd on 14h 25mn. Surface time : 2d 18h 55mn. Launch of a lunar sub-satellite on August 3rd on 20h 13mn. Worden 38 mn spacewalk on
August 5. Splash down on August 7 at 20h 45 mn. Mission total duration : 12d 7h 11mn.

Position:
Longitude: 3.6° East
Latitude: 26.0° North
Quadrant: North-East
Area: Montes Apenninus area
Observation:
Interest : Invisible formation
Observation period: First Quarter or Six days after Full moon
Minimal Instrument: Invisible