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Mapping the Apollo 17 landing site area based on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images and Apollo surface photography

Haase, I. and Oberst, J. and Scholten, F. and Wählisch, M. and Gläser, P. and Karachevtseva, I. and Robinson, M. S. (2012) Mapping the Apollo 17 landing site area based on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images and Apollo surface photography. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (E5). Wiley. DOI: 10.1029/2011JE003908

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Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011JE003908/abstract

Abstract

Newly acquired high resolution Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images allow accurate determination of the coordinates of Apollo hardware, sampling stations, and photographic viewpoints. In particular, the positions from where the Apollo 17 astronauts recorded panoramic image series, at the so-called “traverse stations”, were precisely determined for traverse path reconstruction. We analyzed observations made in Apollo surface photography as well as orthorectified orbital images (0.5 m/pixel) and Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) (1.5 m/pixel and 100 m/pixel) derived from LROC Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) and Wide Angle Camera (WAC) images. Key features captured in the Apollo panoramic sequences were identified in LROC NAC orthoimages. Angular directions of these features were measured in the panoramic images and fitted to the NAC orthoimage by applying least squares techniques. As a result, we obtained the surface panoramic camera positions to within 50 cm. At the same time, the camera orientations, North azimuth angles and distances to nearby features of interest were also determined. Here, initial results are shown for traverse station 1 (northwest of Steno Crater) as well as the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) area.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/80751/
Document Type:Article
Title:Mapping the Apollo 17 landing site area based on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images and Apollo surface photography
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Haase, I.Department of Planetary Geodesy, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, Technical University of Berlin,, Berlin,, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Oberst, J.juergen.oberst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Scholten, F.frank.scholten (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wählisch, M.marita.waehlisch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gläser, P.Department of Planetary Geodesy, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Sciences, Technical University of Berlin,, Berlin,, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Karachevtseva, I.State University of Geodesy and Cartography, Moscow, RussiaUNSPECIFIED
Robinson, M. S.School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USAUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Geophysical Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:117
DOI :10.1029/2011JE003908
Publisher:Wiley
Status:Published
Keywords:Mapping, Apollo 17 landing site area, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Apollo surface photography
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: Beisembin, Bauyrzhan
Deposited On:18 Jan 2013 08:45
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:44

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