posted on May, 11 2010 @ 10:09 PM
reply to post by NLDelta9
I agree, the 2nd pic is reflection on the _ This picture is one out of a sequence documenting when Apollo 14 jettisoned the empty LM ascent
stage after the astronauts returned from the lunar surface.
As to the first picture... WOW! That's
unusual!!! Judging from the other pictures in the roll
), this was taken as the LM "Antares" was separating from the CM
on its way to landing at Fra Mauro. Judging from the dark image and the lighted reticule (crosshairs), this was taken through the Command Module
Pilot's window - which has the docking reticule - after they had passed into the moon's shadow.
The big question is, where is the light that's illuminating the craters coming from? At first I thought that just the edge of the sun might be
peeking over the horizon, but then I realized that this would have put the LM in direct sunlight, which it is clearly not. That leaves the Earth as
the only option (it's several dozen times brighter than the Moon is in our sky). This is the only example I've seen of a photo taken by earthlight.
To take it with ISO 160 film, CMP Stu Roosa must've had the aperture wide-open and used a slow shutter speed. Even so, whoever processed this image
really had to push it to get anything to show-up - thus the weird graininess.
What a great and unique find!