Originally posted by arianna
However, I have carried out some research of the image and have selected an area for further examination.
Thank you for posting the series of photos to localize your area of interest.
The box you drew is approximately bounded by 11.36 to 13.115 South latitude and 115.375 to 117.9 East longitude.
The OP image (AS08-17-2744) is actually part of a series taken while orbiting over the Far Side. Six of those images include all or part of your
Do you see the same features in the same location in the other Apollo 8 images?
I found eight Apollo 15 (and one Apollo 17) Mapping Camera images that cover at least part of your area. There are probably more available, but
drawing the box on these is tricky since perspective distorts the rectangular shape - especially on the obliques - and north is at a funny angle due
to the spacecrafts' orbital inclination. I did my best, but the boxes are not exactly aligned to your image. However, they should be sufficient for
you to orient yourself.
Resolution is ~9m/pixel for the vertical scans, and a bit worse than the obliques (though all are better than the Hasselblad images). Note that the
links take you to maximum-res scans with a zoomable interface:
(Edited to add: Hell's Bells! I just realized that the ASU Mapping camera scans in the links are rotated 90-degrees CCW to put North more-or-less
towards the top of the frame. My apologies, but I do not have time to correct and re-upload my reference frames before the edit option is closed.
They are still usable - but you might get a sore neck)
The later Apollo missions also carried a large format Panoramic Camera that could, under optimum circumstances resolve features as small as 3 meters
on the surface (they were just barely able to resolve the Apollo Lunar Modules). They were the highest resolution images available before the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter arrived a few years ago. The film frames were 127mm x 1219mm in size and had to be scanned in segments.
I found six PanCam images of the your area-of-interest, and there may be more available. I've had to crop the reference frames, and I recommend using
the Mapping images (above) to help find your way around these massive images using the zoomable interface:
I hope these help you to find something interesting. When you give a more exact location, we can hopefully find LRO images at ~0.5 meter-per-pixel
resolution to examine your finds in maximum detail.
edit on 19-3-2013 by Saint Exupery because: checked links