Want to know where we landed on the Moon? This cool vintage NASA map shows you:

Posted: March 23, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

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Here’s a useful Map for our studies on the Lunar surface temperature. Thanks LitD!

Lights in the Dark

Map circa 1972 showing the Apollo landing sites (NASA) Map circa 1972 showing the Apollo landing sites (NASA)

Apollos 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 all successfully delivered men to the Moon between the summer of ’69 and December 1972, but do you know where on the lunar surface they each landed? This awesome vintage map from NASA points each site out (and is a great lunar atlas as well.)

With four of the six planned lunar missions completed, this chart has been prepared to show the various areas of the lunar “nearside” to be visited by astronauts representing the NASA Apollo program. Apollo’s 11, 12, 14 and 15 are shown at their respective landing points. Apollo 16 and Apollo 17, planned for later this year at Descartes and Taurus Littrow, respectively, also are depicted on the map.

The map was created in March 1972, prior to the launches of Apollo 16 and 17.

All I can think…

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  1. NikFromNYC says:

    Romance. Dead sky. Ash tray in the sky. Ocean blue. “Me and you.”

  2. Orson says:

    I love to read the words “where we landed on the moon.” I grew up during the space race and was an astronomy science geek as these landings unfolded in the 1970s.

    Back during the Cold War, there was a lot less “we.” Thankfully, that’s passed. And while many of my teenaged friends went into the sciences and technology, only one actually became an astronomer – an astrophysicist, to be exact. An impressively smart woman to be more exact.

    It was an inspired and inspiring time of optimism, well-reflected in the enormous legacy of SF/sci-fi literature and fictional movies and TV entertainments. That we now communicate on microcomputers across the globe almost instantaneously is itself one of the epochal changes brought on by those times. It inspired these technological creations, after all.

    “We” also “walked upon the moon,” back then – a fact I still recount with awe when I last saw the full moon in the night sky, a week or so ago. We realized an age old dream of humanity since before the Neanderthals walked the earth, as “2002: A Space Odyssey” so brilliantly showed every one.

    Pointing out where on the lunar surface men landed simply makes it all more real to me now – and thus, I delight and digress.

  3. Gail Combs says:

    Orson says: ….
    AHHhhh those were the days were they not? When the sky was the limit and Science and Technology were King.

    Now we have to live with the Neo-Luddites:

    …I asked him why he thought nuclear power should be eliminated even after he told me that he agreed that nuclear power was good for the economy. His reply was simply that an additional goal of the antinuclear movement (as far as he was concerned) was in fact the reduction of economic activity, since according to him, the greatest cause of ecological damage was increased economic activity.

    So in his mind, the fact that nuclear power was a boon for the economy was all the more reason to try to eliminate it. In closing, I told him that a reduction in economic activity would also reduce his own prospects for a high quality of life and prosperity. But he didn’t agree with me. He said that further economic expansion was of no use to him, because he believed in living a simple life.

    He said that economic expansion was bad for people because it distracted from the true quality of life, which consists of community and social activities that are mostly threatened by improved prosperity, rather than improved by it.

    I’m still trying to understand what to make of this exchange, but one thing occured to me. It is necessary to realise that perhaps a large part of the anti-nuclear groups share the same type of ‘power down, simple living’ ideology supported by this young (and deeply mistaken IMO) man.
    http://atomicinsights.com/conversation-with-an-anti-society-antinuclear-activist/

    They need to spend a few years doing THIS.