From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015
Panoramic view of David Scott photographing a geologic find
Panoramic view of David Scott photographing a geologic find, 300 feet up the flank of 11,500-foot-high Hadley Delta mountain, Station 6, EVA 2, Apollo 15, august 1971
Mosaic of eight vintage gelatin silver prints numbered NASA AS15-85-11511 to AS15-85-11521 in black in top margin, 25 x 111cm, image 23 x 103cm
The white spots above Scott are lens flares caused by shooting directly east into the sun. The mountains behind him are 10.5 miles away with Mount Hadley on the left, Mount Hadley Delta on the right.
The panorama shows the steep 11 degree angle at which the Rover is parked.
Because of the slope, Irwin had trouble leaning back far enough to get the apparent summit of Mt. Hadley Delta in the picture. “Working on the hillside took some practice. Without the suits, they might well have spent much of their time standing sideways to the slope, with the uphill leg bent a little to keep themselves upright. However, in the stiff suits it was difficult to stand sideways for very long and, most of the time, they had to stand facing into the mountain and leaning into it. As they soon discovered, work on the hillside was possible only because the soil was soft enough that their boots sank in a way, giving them extra purchase.”
Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report, appendix D, figure D-9-b; Full Moon plate 79
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