Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Apollo 15 Landing Site


The Apollo 15 Lunar Module Falcon set down on the Hadley plains a mere 2 kilometers from Hadley Rille, a channel cut by flowing lava. The goals: sample the basalts, explore a lunar rille for the first time, and search for ancient crustal rocks. Additionally, Dave Scott and Jim Irwin deployed the third Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) and unveiled the first Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). The astronauts spent almost three days exploring the Hadley-Apennine valley (19 hours of extra-vehicular activity), traversed over 28 kilometers (17 miles) using the first lunar rover, and collected over 77 kilograms (170 pounds) of priceless lunar materials, including the famous “Genesis Rock”, a piece of the primordial lunar crust.

Traverse the Apollo 15 Landing Site

Lat: 26.1324°
Long: 3.6333°
Camera: NAC
Image Width: 4.55 km
Location in exhibit: Lunar Exploration Sites
Image ID: M113934743LR

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