Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Today's download is the updated (post-flight) Apollo 17 traverse map. The Lunar Module is at the center right of the image, and the EVA's radiate from there. The longest ride was out past Nansen crater toward the South Massif. What an experience it must have been!

Tomorrow I leave Oakland, where I have been meeting with folks for a few days, to fly to Orlando. From there, a midnight ride on Friday PM to KSC for the Saturday 7AM-ish launch of STS-127, Endeavour. Let's hope for good weather!

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Welcome to the Missions to the Moon book blog. This is a place to re-live the heady days of the Apollo and Soyuz lunar programs- perhaps the crowning achievements of the 20th Century. Many blog entries will include a new downloadable image or artifact from the space age- items rarely seen and not available in print. It's all in the spirit of my newest book, Missions to the Moon- to remember the great adventure of the Golden Age of space exploration, and ponder what wonders await us in space.

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