Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Eyes Apollo 12, Surveyor 3 Sites
Side-By-Side of Surveyor Crater
Wide Look at Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3 Landing Sites
Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site Seen by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
New Photos Reveal Apollo 11 at First Moon Landing Site
Weird Moon Crater May Be Crash Site of Old NASA Spacecraft
New Moon Photo Reveals Tracks from Tough Apollo Moonwalk
Apollo 12 Landing Site
Apollo 14 Landing Site
Apollo 15: The High View
Apollo 15 landed on the moon in July 1971.The goals: sample the basalts that compose the mare deposit, explore a lunar rille for the first time, and search for ancient crustal rocks. Additionally, Dave Scott and Jim Irwin deployed the third Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) and unveiled the first Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). The ALSEP consisted of several experiments that were powered by a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) and sent back valuable scientific data to the Earth for over six years after the astronauts left.
This new LROC NAC image taken from low altitude shows the hardware and tracks in even more detail.
Apollo 16: Moon's North Ray Crater
Apollo 16: Footsteps in Sunlight
The labels on the image are for the Lunar Module (LM), the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP), the Radioisotopic Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) that powered the ALSEP, and a line of geophones (devices that take seismic readings) that extended west by northwest from the ALSEP station. LROC image M109134835L, 296 meters across (about 971 feet).
Apollo 16: Arrow Points the Way
Apollo 12: Ocean of Storms
This image shows the remnants of not one, but two missions to the moon. Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean demonstrated that a precision lunar landing with the Apollo system was possible, enabling all of the targeted landings that followed. Bean and Conrad collected rock samples and made field observations, which resulted in key discoveries about lunar geology. They also collected and returned components from the nearby U.S. Surveyor 3 spacecraft, which landed at the site almost two-and-a-half years previously, providing important information to engineers about how materials survive in the lunar environment.
Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3
Apollo 12 landed in November 1969. This image shows astronaut footpaths marked with unlabeled arrows. This image is 824 meters (about 900 yards) wide. The top of the image faces North.