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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Gracious Bacchus! Accept This Empty Jar!

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

 - Plutarch, On Listening to Lectures


One neat thing I learned from today's birther research combines two of my geek components: the philosopher I referenced, Christian Wolff, has a lunar mountain named after him.

Shot from Apollo 1517 approaching the landing site near Hadley rille.  Crater Eratosthenes is the big feller center-bottom, and if you draw a line from the smaller twin satellite craters (slightly above and to the right) the thin ridge in the center, you'll more or less hit Mons Wolff on the western side of the Apennines.  On the lunar map, Wolff is around 17N, 7W, and Falcon (of Apollo 15) touched down approximately at 26N, 4E. 

Tell me this isn't worth doing...


Update: I'm not quite sure of all the photo deets, but apparently it was from the Apollo 17 CSM on the 52nd lunar revolution.  I opened so many pictures I apparently screwed up which was which, but I'm keeping this one because the Apollo 15 shot sucks.

Updated again: I've since learned that this film mag (145/D) was used in a 70mm camera by Gene and Jack on the surface and also during R&D, so the picture was taken from the LM.  In sequence, it's just a handful of shots after docking.  A little disappointed to find there is no annotated flight journal for 17, but 15's says:

The final stages of rendezvous and docking on all Apollo lunar flights have been the subject of intensive documentation and Apollo 15 is no exception. Both spacecraft are photographing the arrival of the other on still and movie film, and the approaching Falcon is being televised by Al to Mission Control and the world.


AS15-88-11960, through 11961, 11963 and 11964 show the CSM being rotated by Al to reveal the SIM bay to Jim's camera as Sinus Successus on the northeastern edge of Mare Fecunditatis slips by below. In the latter image, the 22 km crater Webb is seen adjacent to the High Gain Antenna. Thomas Webb, 1806-1885, was an English astronomer.

So I guess the context is similar for 17.  And my son now calls me a geek.  Thanks, Mommy!

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