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Old 07-21-2009, 09:22 AM
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Are you sure it's 31 miles?
Yes...I've been keeping up with this mission, at NASA.com...31 miles (maybe nautical) from the surface is the final goal for orbit for LRO. At that altitude, we should get some really good hi-res shots of the Apollo sites.
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Yes...I've been keeping up with this mission, at NASA.com...31 miles (maybe nautical) from the surface is the final goal for orbit for LRO. At that altitude, we should get some really good hi-res shots of the Apollo sites.
Gee, that's pretty low altitude. In'eresting.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:16 PM
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Where are the tracks left by the Rovers?
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Where are the tracks left by the Rovers?
The tracks may not be visible at the resolution of the relevant photographs. Rovers were not carried on all missions.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:33 PM
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Apollo 15, 16 and 17 carried them. You'd think they would zoomed in on them like they did with the Apollo 14 landing site showing the footprints left by the astronauts. Did they park the rovers close to the Lander when they left?
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I don't think you can see the rover tracks from that distance. Look how small the modules are. And from that distance, is there is enough contrast in color between the moon surface and the color of what was uncovered when the tracks would have been formed to show up on camera? I wouldn't think so, not from that far. The tracks are there, we just can't see them in the photos. Just my guess anyway.

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For instance, here is a shot of a footprint on the moon, not much color contrast (light VS dark). Not giving a camera much to work with from a distance.

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Yes...I've been keeping up with this mission, at NASA.com...31 miles (maybe nautical) from the surface is the final goal for orbit for LRO. At that altitude, we should get some really good hi-res shots of the Apollo sites.
With no atmosphere...the orbiter could theoretically fly even lower, but the ship would run into the possibility of hitting a mountain range and I think that the orbital speed relative to the surface would make photography difficult.
The Apollo Command module would have been able to "dip" that low for an attempt at an emergency docking with the Lunar Module assent stage if it had to abort to a lower orbit on leaving the surface.
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