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The Apollo Lunar Sample Image Collection: Digital Archiving and Online AccessThe primary goal of the Apollo Program was to land human beings on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. This goal was achieved during six missions - Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 - that took place between 1969 and 1972. Among the many noteworthy engineering and scientific accomplishments of these missions, perhaps the most important in terms of scientific impact was the return of 382 kg (842 lb.) of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand, and dust from the lunar surface to Earth. Returned samples were curated at JSC (then known as the Manned Spacecraft Center) and, as part of the original processing, high-quality photographs were taken of each sample. The top, bottom, and sides of each rock sample were photographed, along with 16 stereo image pairs taken at 45-degree intervals. Photographs were also taken whenever a sample was subdivided and when thin sections were made. This collection of lunar sample images consists of roughly 36,000 photographs; all six Apollo missions are represented.
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Todd, Nancy S. (Jacobs Technology, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Lofgren, Gary E. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Stefanov, William L. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Garcia, Patricia A. (Geological Survey United States)
Date Acquired
March 27, 2015
Publication Date
January 1, 2014
Publication Information
Publication: ARES Biennial Report 2012 Final
Subject Category
Documentation and Information Science
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
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Public Use Permitted.

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