2021年02月04日

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Apollo 14: A View from Antares
Image Credit:
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, NASA; Mosaic – Eric M. Jones

Explanation: Fifty years ago this Friday, Apollo 14’s Lunar Module Antares landed on the Moon. Toward the end of the stay astronaut Ed Mitchell snapped a series of photos of the lunar surface while looking out a window, assembled into this detailed mosaic by Apollo Lunar Surface Journal editor Eric Jones. The view looks across the Fra Mauro highlands to the northwest of the landing site after the Apollo 14 astronauts had completed their second and final walk on the Moon. Prominent in the foreground is their Modular Equipment Transporter, a two-wheeled, rickshaw-like device used to carry tools and samples. Near the horizon at top center is a 1.5 meter wide boulder dubbed Turtle rock. In the shallow crater below Turtle rock is the long white handle of a sampling instrument, thrown there javelin-style by Mitchell. Mitchell’s fellow moonwalker and first American in space, Alan Shepard, also used a makeshift six iron to hit two golf balls. One of Shepard’s golf balls is just visible as a white spot below Mitchell’s javelin.

Tomorrow’s picture: and back again


阿波罗14号:蝎心号登月舱的景观
影像提供:
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, NASA; Mosaic – Eric M. Jones

说明: 在这个星期五的50年前,阿波罗14号的蝎心号登月舱降落在月表。在即将离开月表前,太空人艾德·米切尔透过观景窗拍下一系列照片,后来由阿波罗号月表日志编辑艾瑞克·琼斯组合成这幅高解晰影像。影像呈现从登月点,越过弗拉毛罗高原往西北眺望的景观。当时阿波罗11号的太空人,已完成他们的第二次也是最后一次的月表漫步。前景最醒目的物件是模组式设备搬运车 (MET),它是用来搬运工具和样本的二轮人力车。在地平线的中间附近,可见到宽1.5公尺名为乌龟的月岩。乌龟岩下方的浅坑里,则可见到被米切尔当成标枪掷出的取样设备之白色长杆。米切尔的月表伙伴、也是第一位进入太空的美国太空人艾伦·薛波,把另一个采样工具当成六号铁杆,击出二颗高尔夫球。其中之一,就是米切尔掷出的标枪下方之白点。

明日的图片: and back again

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