Researchers have used new lunar satellite images to pinpoint exactly where the Apollo 17 astronauts took their iconic photographs of the moon’s surface. That data has in turn allowed planetary scientists to build the most precise 3-D maps yet of the Apollo 17 mission site.
“We’re making these images more valuable by giving them incredibly accurate coordinates,” said planetary scientist Mark Robinson of Arizona State University. “The 3-D models of areas explored by astronauts may enable future exploration of these sites and allow us to better understand the observations they made at the time.”
Robinson and his team’s study of the Apollo 17 site was published online April 1 in the Journal of Geophysical Research.