Apollo 12 Ocean of Storms


The Apollo 12 flight was the second landing on the moon, November 19, 1969.  This landing is notable because it was a precision landing near the Surveyor 3 lunar probe which had landed there 2 years earlier.  The Surveyor probe was the target of a lunar EVA where the astronauts removed some parts for return to earth.  Scientists wanted to examine them for the effects of long term exposure.

 

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Succesful landing.  Surveyor crater is in the background and Surveyor 3 can be seen on the west edge.

An overview shot showing the relative positions of the LM and the Surveyor probe.

An EVA takes us to Surveyor.

The very long shadow from the probe is from the combination of a low sun angle and the downward sloping crater.