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Five Lunar Orbiter missions were launched in 1966 and 1967 to study the Moon. The first three missions were devoted to mapping potential lunar landing sites. The fourth and fifth missions were…
Raymond Milner Batson - Pioneer in Planetary Mappinghttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/rpif/exhibits/pioneers/raymond-milner-batson
Raymond M. Batson died of pancreatic cancer in Sedona, Arizona on 5 May 2013, aged 81. He was a seminal figure in the initial exploration of the Solar System. In his 30-year career in the…
1961: USGS Astrogeology's First Published Maphttp://astrogeology.usgs.gov/rpif/exhibits/astros-first-lunar-map
The race to the moon began on August 17, 1958, and the Soviet Union won. This isn't the opening line of an alternate history story; rather, it is an acknowledgment that more than one moon race…
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Apollo 17 Anaglyph/3D - Station 9 Looking Northimage/jpeg 121 kB
Part of a panoramic series of photographs taken as station 9 looking north.
Apollo 16 Anaglyph/3D - Charles Moss Duke Collecting Core Samplesimage/jpeg 116 kB
Collection of the double core sample at Station 10 Prime. Charles Moss Duke has driven both sections of the core into the ground and is holding the hammer.
Apollo 17 Anaglyph/3D - Harrison "Jack" Schmitt at the Roverimage/jpeg 87 kB
One of a panoramic series of photographs taken at Station 4 by Eugene Andrew Cernan. This image shows Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt at the rover. The trench site in orange soil is at the cross mark to…
Apollo 16 Anaglyph/3D - John Watts Young at the back of the roverimage/jpeg 154 kB
John Watts Young working at the back of the rover.
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Sol 745 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Untargeted ScienceAstrogeology News: 9 September 2014
We have not received any data from sol 744 yet, so sol 745 is a simple day of untargeted remote sensing. ChemCam has an observation of the sky (with the laser off) to measure the gases in the…
Sol 744 Update on Curiosity from USGS Scientist Ryan Anderson: Driving in Amargosa ValleyAstrogeology News: 8 September 2014
The weekend plan was successful: we got good data from the Homewood contact science target, plus a nice long 92.6 meter drive on Sol 743. The plan for Sol 744 is to do routine wheel imaging, plus…