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Astronomical photography. Part A: Gum nebula, galactic cluster, and zodiacal light photographyIt is reported that the Apollo 16 command module astronomical photography was performed with the specific objective of capitalizing on the uniqueness of the double umbra as a vantage point to collect astronomical data that are obtainable only near our Moon. For this reason, these data will be compared directly to analogous photography performed from Earth orbit during Project Mercury and the Gemini Program as well as to the Apollo-duplicated photography taken from sites on the Earth surface. Comparison with Earth-based photography should yield direct information on the Earth airglow layer and on atmospheric scattering and extinction.
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Document Type
Mercer, R. D.
(Dudley Obs. Houston, TX, United States)
Dunkelman, L.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Mattingly, T. K.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: Apollo 16 Prelim. Sci. Rept.
Subject Category
Instrumentation And Photography
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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