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Originally posted by ArMaP
You're right, it could not be sliding down at the time those photos were taken
Originally posted by ppk55
I've never heard one astronaut comment from the journal that both of the lunar rovers wheels are sticking up in the air. (as seen above)
I think they might have made mention.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
Look closely....both are NOT off the ground!
145:09:21 Allen: (Sounding exceptionally attentive) Roger, Jim and Dave. Proceed very carefully now, please.
145:09:26 Scott: Oh, we are. We're doing it really cool.
145:09:31 Allen: Super cool.
145:09:35 Scott: Super cool. (Long Pause)
[Figure 5-95 from the Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report shows the two parking places Dave used at this stop. Note that the S-curve in the figure is not the path that Dave actually followed. As mentioned above, the dialog and the evidence in photos AS15-90- 12194 to 12198 indicate that Dave backed up until he was east of Jim and then started downhill.]
[Using the available evidence, I have sketched the manuevers Dave is more likely to have made.]
[Firstly, photos AS15-86- 11658 and 11659, which Dave takes at 145:15:16, shows the Rover at the second parking place with Jim standing beside it, holding it steady. Each of the frames is about 30 degrees wide and the approximate field-of-view in 11659 is indicated by the two blue lines extending northeastward. The solid red line within that field-of-view approximates the Rover tracks that can be seen behind the Rover in both photos.]
[As mentioned above, the dialog suggests that Dave planned to drive in reverse far enough east so that he would be able to drive cross-slope to the new parking spot. This part of the drive is entirely conjectural. After reviewing a draft of the revised plan view in June 2003, Dave wrote, "It sure fits what I recall."]
145:10:10 Scott: How am I doing, Jim?
AS15-86-11658 (OF300) ( 254k or 1053k )
145:15:16 Dave placed his tongs on top of the Station 6a boulder while he took this picture across the top of the rock. Note that the left-rear wheel of the Rover is off the ground. Jim is standing at his side of the vehicle, holding on to it. It is a shame that he didn't take a picture of Dave working at the rock.
AS15-86-11659 (OF300) ( 231k or 988k )
145:15:16 Dave stepped to his left to take this stereo companion to 11658.
Why in the above quote does NASA need to say 'the evidence presented below etc. etc.' Why do they need to present evidence.
"during the mission, the crew applied the name to a larger peak, more prominent as seen from the LM, that lies west of the South Massif."