Category: Lunar Landings

This photograph of the moon was taken after tr…

This photograph of the moon was taken after trans-Earth insertion when the Apollo 10 spacecraft was high above the lunar equator near 27 degrees east longitude. North is about 20 degrees left of the top of the photograph. Apollo Landing Site 3 is on the lighted side of the terminator in a dark area just north of the equator. Apollo Landing Site 2 is near the lower left margin of the Sea of Tranquility (Mare Tranquillitatis), which is the large, dark area near the center of the photograph.

Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, partic…

Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, participates in simulation training in preparation for the scheduled lunar landing mission. He is in the Apollo Lunar Module Mission Simulator in the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Flight Crew Training Building.

(14 Dec. 1972) — An excellent view of th…

(14 Dec. 1972) — An excellent view of the Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules (CSM) photographed from the Lunar Module (LM) “Challenger” during rendezvous and docking maneuvers in lunar orbit. The LM ascent stage, with astronauts Eugene A. Cernan and Harrison H. Schmitt aboard, had just returned from the Taurus-Littrow landing site on the lunar surface. Astronaut Ronald E. Evans remained with the CSM in lunar orbit. Note the exposed Scientific Instrument Module (SIM) Bay in Sector 1 of the Service Module (SM). Three experiments are carried in the SIM bay: S-209 lunar sounder, S-171 infrared scanning spectrometer, and the S-169 far-ultraviolet spectrometer. Also mounted in the SIM bay are the panoramic camera, mapping camera and laser altimeter used in service module photographic tasks. A portion of the LM is on the right.

One of the Apollo 17 crew photographed this vi…

One of the Apollo 17 crew photographed this view during lunar surface extravehicular activities at the Taurus-Littrow landing site. The Lunar Rover Vehicle , which was used extensively by astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, is visible in the background.

An oblique view of an area of the lunar farsid…

An oblique view of an area of the lunar farside, looking southward, as photographed from the Apollo 15 spacecraft in lunar orbit. The crater Zelinsky is in the near foreground at the edge of the picture. The circular, mare-like area in the center is the crater Thomson. Thomson is almost completely surrounded by Mare Ingenii. The approximate coordinates of the center of Thomson are 166 degrees east longitude and 32.2 degrees south latitude.

An excellent view of the Apollo 14 Lunar Modul…

An excellent view of the Apollo 14 Lunar Module on the moon, as photographed during the first Apollo 14 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. The astronauts- Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell- have already deployed the U.S. flag.

The first stage of the Saturn 505 launch vehic…

The first stage of the Saturn 505 launch vehicle being prepared for erection in the high bay area of the Kennedy Space Center’s  Vehicle Assembly Building. Saturn 505 is the launch vehicle for the Apollo 10 mission.

A ground-level view of the huge Apollo 17 spac…

A ground-level view of the huge Apollo 17 space vehicle leaving the Vehicle Assembly Building on its way to Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center. The Saturn V stack and its mobile launch tower are atop a mammoth crawler-transporter.

A view of the Apollo 15 Command and Service Mo…

A view of the Apollo 15 Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit as photographed from the Lunar Module just after rendezvous. The lunar nearside is in the background is looking southeast into the Sea of Fertility. The crater Taruntius is at the right center edge of the picture.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin participate in …

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin participate in a simulation of deploying and using lunar tools, on the surface of the moon, during an Apollo 11 training exercise in Building 9 on April 22, 1969. Aldrin uses a scoop to pick up a sample while Armstrong holds bag to receive sample.