Visualization of the Moon as viewed from Earth at the time of the Apollo 17 Moon landing, December 11, 1972 at 19:55 UTC.
Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt, was the final Apollo mission to the Moon. The Lunar Module Challenger landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley on December 11, 1972 and remained there for 75 hours. The landing site is a relatively flat spot among low mountains at the southeastern edge of Mare Serenitatis.
The images here are designed for display on NASA's hyperwall. They help tell the story of Apollo 17's exploration of the Taurus-Littrow site using data and imaging from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and photographs taken by the astronauts. LRO's detailed and comprehensive remote sensing capabilities have fostered a reinterpretation of the geology of the site.
A flyover visualization of the Taurus-Littrow Valley looking due west, with the Sun angle at the time of the Apollo 17 landing. This uses a 32-degree square inset of LOLA data at 512 points per degree (roughly 60 meters per pixel).
An oblique image of the Taurus-Littrow valley taken by the LRO narrow-angle camera. This was cropped from M192703697LR. The Apollo 17 LM descent stage shadow is precisely centered in the image. The resolution is about 4 meters per pixel.
A nadir view of the Apollo 17 landing site taken by the LRO narrow-angle camera. West is up, north is to the right. The early morning Sun angle is similar to the lighting at the time of the landing. The resolution is about 0.48 meters per pixel. This is part of M162107606L.
At Station 6, the astronauts collected samples from a boulder that had rolled down the side of the North Massif. The LROC image is a detail from M134991788R. See also this LROC featured image blog post.
A nadir view of the Apollo 17 landing site derived from a mosaic of LRO narrow-angle camera images. West is up, north is to the right. The LM descent stage is centered horizontally and about two-thirds of the way down (y = 1983 pixels).