Landing sites

Landing sites

. The six Apollo (A) landing sites were located in safe places near the equator on the near side of the Moon. Within this constraint, the sites were designed to obtain samples from a wide variety of terrain. Apollo 11 and 12 respectively landed on Mare Tranquillitatis and Oceanus Procellarum. The spot chosen for Apollo 14 was the Fra Mauro Formation, which is covered with material ejected during the ancient impact that created the Imbrium Basin. By landing at a point just inside the Apennine Mountains, the Apollo 15 astronauts could sample highlands, maria and the Hadley Rille. The Apollo 16 mission sampled the highlands near crater Descartes, while Apollo 17 landed near Mare Serenitatis. The location of the three Soviet Luna (L) unmanned, sample return sites are also shown.

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University