Lot Essay 480 a
A superb frame from the panoramic sequence taken by Mitchell at Station A, the first stop during the traverse to Cone Crater, located about 150 m east northeast of the LM.
Shepard handles a double core sampling tube and holds the hammer in his right hand. The 16mm camera is visible at the top of the MET (Modularized Equipment Transporter). All equipment for the geology traverse was transported using this small cart.
“The MET didn’t provide the mobility of the Rover planned for the later missions, but it did give the astronauts the ability to carry far more samples, containers and tools than they could have carried in their hands and on their backpacks” (from the ALSJ mission summary).
132:16:24 Mitchell: Al, you haven’t taken a pan, have you?
132:16:28 Shepard: Nope.
132:16:29 Mitchell: Okay. I’m starting with the pan.
132:16:35 Haise: Okay. Just in the way of bookkeeping, we need the double core, and the pan, and a sample.
132:16:44 Mitchell: Okay.
132:18:16 Shepard: Okay, Houston. We’ve got almost two complete tubes here, about one and seven-eighths tubes, I would say.
132:18:28 Haise: Roger, Al. (Long Pause)
132:19:16 Mitchell: Okay, Houston. The pan is completed. I took it from the rim of an old crater with a fresh crater right in the bottom of it, and several small ones around it.
A frame from the panoramic sequence taken by Shepard at station B, located about 330 m east northeast of the LM and 65 m north-northwest of the rim of Weird Crater.
Mitchell is holding the map with his Sun visor up and his RCU-mounted Hasselblad camera. Incoming MET tracks are visible in the left foreground and small rocks in the center foreground.
“Large boulders are visible near the apparent horizon about half a fiducial spacing to the right of center in the direction of the nearest point on the Cone Crater rim” (from the ALSJ caption for AS14-64-9059).
132:32:57 Haise : Yeah, I don’t think you have to worry too much about the exact position of site B. If... It appears you’re getting close to the general area, and that should be good enough on B.
132:33:10 Mitchell: Okay. I think we’re very close to it. I think this crater we just went by is probably it, but it’s very hard to tell, Fredo. I don’t see anything else that might be it, unless it’s the next crater up. [...]
132:34:02 Mitchell: Let’s sample B.
132:34:07 Haise: Okay. And, Al and Ed, this is a grab sample at B, and we need the panorama. And while somebody’s doing that, we can get a site description.
132:34:22 Shepard: I’ll get a pan, Ed.
132:34:23 Mitchell: Okay. And while Al takes the pan, I’ll go ahead and give you a site description. The area here is in an area of considerably more boulders, a larger boulder field, more numerous boulders than we’ve seen in the past. We’ve just come into it as we approached B from A. Now there were boulders to the north of us; we previously talked of boulders to the north, and doggone it, they may turn out to be a ray pattern. It looks suspiciously like one. However, where we are now, we’re about on the edge of a general boulder population lining the flank of Cone Crater. Now they’re not too numerous at this point. They’re somewhat patchy. There’s a lot of them buried, half buried, a few of the smaller ones sitting on the surface.
A great photograph from the panoramic sequence taken by Shepard at station B1.
Mitchell is looking at the lunar map, trying to figure out where they are.
A small crater with fragmental ejecta on the rim is visible at the left.