Where are the

LAND­ING SITES?

Sky at Night Magazine - - FIELD OF VIEW -

To se­lect where the Apollo mis­sions would set down on the Moon, NASA short­listed a se­ries of po­ten­tial land­ing ar­eas near the lu­nar equa­tor, where the Moon’s faster ro­ta­tion speed would make it eas­ier for the as­cent stages to take off. Us­ing high res­o­lu­tion im­ages from the Sur­veyor probes, the smoothest, crater-free lo­ca­tions for each fi­nal land­ing site were cho­sen. For the later, longer mis­sions, more em­pha­sis was put on choos­ing ar­eas that were ge­o­log­i­cally in­ter­est­ing.

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