From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs | 26 February 2015
David Scott - Telephoto panorama of Hadley Rille canyon’s Far Wall, Station 9A, EVA 3, Apollo 15, August 1971
Telephoto panorama of Hadley Rille canyon’s Far Wall, Station 9A, EVA 3, Apollo 15, August 1971
Mosaic of ten vintage gelatin silver prints numbered NASA AS15-89-12018 to AS15-85-12043 in black in top margin, 33 x 104cm, image 31 x 97cm
Scientists offer several explanations for the mysterious canyon that wanders through this waterless, windless environment. Flowing volcanic materials may have cut the gorge or gases erupting through cracks could have left the 70-mile-long fissure. By a third theory, the rille may have opened when the cooling Imbrium lava shrank. Photographed with the 500-mm telephoto lens, the rille in this view appears much narrower than its actual one-mile width.
Literature: Apollo 15 Preliminary Science Report, frontispiece ; National Geographic, February 1972, “The Mountains of the Moon”, p.242-243.
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