SP-168 EXPLORING SPACE WITH A CAMERA
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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