Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Apollo 12 Landing Site

Description:

After Apollo 11, next up was honing the Lunar Module's (LM) ability to make a pinpoint landing. Landing within walking distance of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft (operated from 20 April 1967 to 3 May 1967) would prove the pinpoint landing capability and allow the astronauts to return parts from the Surveyor for engineering assessment. The site also provided the opportunity to sample ejecta from the Copernicus crater impact, and what a relatively young mare basalt. Pete Conrad and Alan Bean piloted Intrepid to a landing within 200 meters of Surveyor 3 on 14 November 1969. During their brief stay of thirty-one and a half hours, the two astronauts performed two extra-vehicular activities, each a little under four hours in length.

Traverse the Apollo 12 Landing Site

Lat: -3.0128°
Long: 336.578°
Camera: NAC
Image Width: 0.8 km
Location in exhibit: Lunar Exploration Sites
Image ID: M175428601LR

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