Hubble's View of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

Hubble's View of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

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News release ID: STScI-2005-29
Release Date: Oct 19, 2005
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This image of the Taurus-Littrow valley shows the Apollo 17 landing site (the "+" symbol in the image). This region marks the last time – December 1972 – that humans walked and drove on the Moon's surface. Astronomers are using the Apollo 17 images (and those of the Apollo 15 site) as "ground-truth" in an effort to discriminate lunar materials enriched in ilmenite, a titanium-bearing oxide of potential value as a resource in human exploration of the Moon. Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys took the image on Aug. 16, 2005.


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Annotated, Astronomical, Hubble Telescope, Moons, Solar System

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NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC)