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Originally posted by ziggystar60
This is a cropped version of the image AS17-145-22136 from the Apollo 17 Lunar Surface Journal. The image can also be found at Lunar and Planetary Institute.
I have just increased contrast and decreased brightness a bit to make the features of this "rock" easier to see. So - what do you think? Strange rock, or what?
[Gene makes his way out of the boulder field to take cross-Suns from the south; Jack moves north out of the TV picture to take a cross-Sun from that direction.]
[Gene's photos are AS17-145- 22136 to 22138.]
[Jack's cross-Sun is AS17-133- 20328. Jack also takes a "locator" to the Rover, AS17-133- 20329.]
146:36:42 Cernan: (To himself) I've already cycled film.
146:36:44 Schmitt: We need to sample the structures, though, in this thing. We haven't really done that.
146:36:48 Cernan: We'll try and get a(n) "around-the-corner"...
146:36:50 Schmitt: And we've got to get...
146:36:51 Cernan: ...picture.
146:36:52 Schmitt: We need to get that stuff on the mantle, too. (Pause) I mean on the blocks.
[Gene gets the hammer out of his shin pocket.]
146:36:57 Cernan: Yup. Okay, we want to get an "around-the-corner" picture of one of those big ones, too. See if we can get the structure of it. Okay, you get your picture?
146:37:05 Schmitt: Yup. (Pause)
[Gene stands over the boulder and takes three low, nearly horizontal whacks at it.]
146:37:19 Cernan: Here's a piece right here.
146:37:20 Schmitt: Okay, can you hand me a bag, or I'll pick it up with a scoop, whichever you prefer. (Pause)
[Gene grabs the fragment with his tongs, then goes to Jack so that Jack can get a sample bag from him.]
146:37:29 Cernan: Get the bag? Let's see if we can fix your (sample) bag thing tonight. (Pause)
[Gene raises the tongs so that Jack can take the sample.]
146:37:41 Schmitt: Okay, I got it. (Pause) Okay, that looks like our old friend, the gabbro, all right. (Pause)
[Having examined the rock, Jack bags it. Gene dislodges another sample with three hammer blows.]
146:38:00 Cernan: How's that for a piece.
146:38:01 Schmitt: 462 is Gene's fairly freshly fractured rock.
[Once Jack finishes closing the first sample bag, Gene presents his SCB.]
146:38:52 Cernan: Okay.
146:38:53 Schmitt: (Bag number) 463. Is another of the same variety. Wish we'd started on that structured rock because we're going to run out of time. Let's go over there and get at least one off of it.
146:39:13 Cernan: Yeah, we'll get it.
146:39:14 Schmitt: Get the "after". (Pause) Whoops.
[Jack drops the scoop, then asks Gene if he's finished taking the picture.]
146:39:24 Schmitt: Got it?
146:39:26 Cernan: Got it. (Pause)
Originally posted by nnelsosj
Your right, after maybe 65 million years of petrification in a near vacuum on the lunar surface, it would have to be a rock.