SP-168 EXPLORING SPACE WITH A CAMERA

We naturally began our selection of potential Apollo landing sites by examining Earth-based data and choosing generally smooth-looking lunar areas, ostensibly devoid of craters, as the most promising. The smooth area outlined by a black rectangle on a small portion of the best available topographic chart of the Moon

We naturally began our selection of potential Apollo landing sites by examining Earth-based data," said ARTHUR T. STRICKLAND, Cartography Chief, Lunar and Planetary Programs, NASA, "and choosing generally smooth-looking lunar areas, ostensibly devoid of craters, as the most promising. The smooth area outlined by a black rectangle on a small portion of the best available topographic chart of the Moon [at left] is one area we originally picked. This site, approximately 20 miles long and 11 miles wide, is in the northeastern section of the central highlands, slightly south of the Rima Ariadaeus and west of Mare Tranquillitatis.


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