The Apollo 12 Landing Site
The Apollo 12 landing site visualized in three dimensions using photography and a stereo digital elevation model from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. The locations of the flag shadow, experiment package, astronaut paths, and the Surveyor 3 spacecraft are marked. Music provided by Universal Production Music: "The Return" - Axel Tenner, Michael Schluecker, Raphael Schalz.
In images of the landing site taken more than four decades later by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a number of artifacts are clearly visible. These include
- the descent stage of the Lunar Module
- the PLSS backpacks, discarded at the foot of the LM ladder
- the inverted-umbrella shape of the S-band antenna
- the shadow of the American flag
- the components of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP)
- the Surveyor 3 spacecraft
- the trails of astronaut bootprints
This visualization uses LROC NAC image M175428601 (40 cm per pixel) and a digital terrain model derived from NAC stereo image pairs (2 meters per pixel) to fly over the Apollo 12 landing site. Because the LM in the NAC image looks oddly flat when viewed at an oblique angle, a 3D model of the descent stage was added.
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Datasets used in this visualization
LRO NAC (A.K.A. Narrow Angle Camera) (Collected with the LROC sensor)
LRO Stereo DEM (Collected with the LROC NAC sensor)
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