First of all, a big salute to internos
, who has been generous enough to let me post this thread in his new forum. He has also provided me with
the HI-RES versions of some of the images. You know how grateful I am, internos.
Some background info on my find: In December 1972 the Apollo 17 mission went to the highlands and valley area of Taurus-Littrow. The astronauts on the
moon's surface were Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, and in EVA-2 they went to station 2 at the edge of the South Massif. Among other things, they
photographed and took samples from a boulder named "boulder 1".
This is the boulder before any samples was taken i(mage AS17-137-20900). Note the astronaut in the right edge of the image, it gives you an idea of
how big the boulder is. I have circled the area of interest:
Link to full HI-RES verison of the image: eol.jsc.nasa.gov...
From this boulder the astronauts took a sample which is called sample nr. 72275. After the sample was taken, this tiny, humanoid figure came into view
in the images AS17-137-20905, AS17-137-20906 and AS17-137-20907
. This is a cropped version of image AS17-137-20905:
Links to full sized HI-RES images (again thanks to internos): eol.jsc.nasa.gov...
For those of you who don't see the figure I am talking about, I have outlined it:
I have also found two more images of boulder 1 after the sample 72275 was taken. These images, AS17-138-21030 and AS17-138-21031 have been painted on
to hide the figure on the top of the boulder. I have outlined the interesting areas:
Link to full image AS17-138-21030:
Link to full image AS17-138-21031:
The image AS17-138-21031 can also be found in a NASA document where it is used to show where sample 72275 was taken from. It is clear that the image
has been painted on. Go to this document and scroll down to page 63:
Click on this link www.hq.nasa.gov...
to reed the full transcipts and see video clips of what the astronauts did on station 2.
Click on "Vid/Mov Clips" in the sub meny to the left, then click "Geology Station 2 at the base of the South Massif".
Note that in NONE of the video clips the boulder 1 is visible to the camera. Note that the video clips show that the surface in this area was more
brown than grey, so I believe the colors in the photographs have been tampered with (again). Also note that the stay at station 2 was extended by 10
minutes because of the area's great interest... (They took these 10 minutes from their planned stay at station 4.)
And it was at this precise spot on the moon that Gene Cernan said:
"You know, I look out there, I'm not sure I really believe it all."