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NASA : Forty-Four Years Ago Today: Apollo 14 Touches Down on the Moon .- Cuarenta y cuatro años atrás Hoy: Apollo 14 aterriza en la Luna

Hola amigos : A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., la Agencia Espacial NASA, nos alcanza la información del histórico alunizaje de Apolo 14 en la superficie de La Luna, el 5 de febrero del año 1971, cuya tripulación fue: Captain Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (USN), commander; Major Stuart Allen Roosa (USAF), command module pilot; and Commander Edgar Dean Mitchell (USN).

Forty-Four Years Ago Today: Apollo 14 Touches Down on the Moon
On Feb. 5. 1971, the Apollo 14 crew module landed on the moon. The crew members were Captain Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (USN), commander; Major Stuart Allen Roosa (USAF), command module pilot; and Commander Edgar Dean Mitchell (USN), lunar module pilot. In this photo, Shepard stands by the Modular Equipment Transporter (MET). The MET was a cart for carrying around tools, cameras and sample cases on the lunar surface. Shepard can be identified by the vertical stripe on his helmet. After Apollo 13, the commander's spacesuit had red stripes on the helmet, arms, and one leg, to help identify them in photographs.
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New View of Apollo 14
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NAC image of the Apollo 14 landing site
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NAC image of the Apollo 14 landing site acquired 25 January 2011. Descent stage of lunar module Antares in center, image width is 500 meters [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].


The LROC Narrow Angle Cameras continue to image the Apollo landing sites as the mission progresses. Every time LRO passes overhead, the Sun is at a different position so each image gives a different perspective. Repeat imaging also serves LROC cartographic goals. Since the position of the lunar modules and other pieces of hardware are very accurately known, the LROC team can check the accuracy of the mission-provided ephemeris. Think of the Apollo sites as benchmarks put in place four decades ago for the LROC team!
 
Close-up showing LM descent stage and ALSEP
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Close-up showing LM descent stage (right) and ALSEP (arrow), note astronaut tracks between the two landmarks [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].


The Apollo 14 astronauts explored the surface of the Moon on February 5th and 6th, 1971, 40 years ago this weekend. Much was learned during the Apollo missions, yet most of the history and geology of the Moon remains a mystery.

Post EVA view from LW looking west towards ALSEP
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Post EVA view from LW looking west towards ALSEP. Match astronaut track patterns in the surface image and LROC overhead view, AS14-66-9338 [NASA/Arizona State University].


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