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originally posted by: wmd_2008
a reply to: CajunMetal
They used Hasselblad cameras on the Moon medium format so large negative size and also some of the best lenses available. The colour helps it stand out apart from that using your theory how would they know that small object was there to land close to it, talk about clutching at straws.
5. Walk 150 ft. emplace #3 geophone. Place flag by 3rd geophone. Pose for photo by LMP (alert him to take).
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: wildespace
You're glad that there isn't a huge tower on the Moon that was concealed for 45 years?
originally posted by: OneBigMonkeyToo
a reply to: OneBigMonkeyToo
OK, small amount of humble pie eating to be done.
This was bugging me so I set out trying to find other imagery of the ALSEP that would cover it, and finally I hit on this image
Here's a close up of the area in question that I've adjusted to make things a little clearer
On the left you can see the ALSEP central station, and you can also see the orange marker of the geophone line. Over on the right is the mortar assembly used with the geophone to carry out the seismic experiment. Attached to the mortar is (wait for it) a bright orange square flag on a tall pole that would allow it to stand proud of the horizon.
Apollo 14 used a similar set up, and you can see it in this image
The reason it isn't visible on many of the images is mostly because photos of the ALSEP equipment from up close are angled downwards so the flag isn't visible, but you can see the pole in photos of the mortar, and in this one
you can see the bottom of it.
So, is it part of the ALSEP equipment? Yes.
Is it an orange flag? Yes.
Is it the orange flag I thought it was? No, and for that I accept my mistake and humbly apologise for it.
Is the mystery solved? Finally, yes