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Coordinates and Maps of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

Haase, Isabel and Wählisch, Marita and Gläser, Philipp and Oberst, J. and Robinson, Mark S. (2019) Coordinates and Maps of the Apollo 17 Landing Site. Earth and Space Science, 6 (1), pp. 59-95. American Geophysical Union (AGU). DOI: 10.1029/2018EA000408 ISSN 2333-5084

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We carried out an extensive cartographic analysis of the Apollo 17 landing site and determined and mapped positions of the astronauts, their equipment, and lunar landmarks with accuracies of better than ±1 m in most cases. To determine coordinates in a lunar body‐fixed coordinate frame, we applied least squares (2‐D) network adjustments to angular measurements made in astronaut imagery (Hasselblad frames). The measured angular networks were accurately tied to lunar landmarks provided by a 0.5 m/pixel, controlled Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) orthomosaic of the entire Taurus‐Littrow Valley. Furthermore, by applying triangulation on measurements made in Hasselblad frames providing stereo views, we were able to relate individual instruments of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) to specific features captured in LROC imagery and, also, to determine coordinates of astronaut equipment or other surface features not captured in the orbital images, for example, the deployed geophones and Explosive Packages (EPs) of the Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiment (LSPE) or the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) at major sampling stops. Our results were integrated into a new LROC NAC‐based Apollo 17 Traverse Map and also used to generate a series of large‐scale maps of all nine traverse stations and of the ALSEP area. In addition, we provide crater measurements, profiles of the navigated traverse paths, and improved ranges of the sources and receivers of the active seismic experiment LSPE.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/131963/
Document Type:Article
Title:Coordinates and Maps of the Apollo 17 Landing Site
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Haase, Isabeltechnical university of berlin, berlin, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Wählisch, MaritaMarita.Waehlisch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gläser, PhilippTU Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.Technical University Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, Berlin ; juergen.oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Robinson, Mark S.School of Earth and Space Exploration, Box 871404, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287, USAUNSPECIFIED
Date:12 January 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Earth and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1029/2018EA000408
Page Range:pp. 59-95
Publisher:American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Keywords:Apollo 17, planetary cartography, position determination, LROC NAC DTM, Hasselblad, traverse map
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Willner, Dr Konrad
Deposited On:04 Dec 2019 12:58
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:24

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