From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015
Panoramic view of rover tracks on the 17 degree gradient of Hadley Delta...
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Panoramic view of rover tracks on the 17 degree gradient of Hadley Delta near Spur Crater, Station 6A, EVA 2, Apollo 15, August 1971
Mosaic of four vintage gelatin silver prints numbered NASA AS15-90-12194 to AS15-90-12198 in black in top margin, 27.5 x 60cm, image 24 x 54cm
At left is the slope that rises to the peak of the mountain, more than 11,000 feet above Palus Putredinus (the Marsh of Decay) below. Though the rover was highly mobile, the soft soil and precipitous gradient here caused it to begin sliding down the hill when parked. In general, crossing a slope was nerve-racking for the astronaut on the downhill side, but there were no rollovers in any of the missions equipped with a rover.
Literature: Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report, appendix D, figure D-10; Full Moon, plate 71
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