Artwork Copyright J. Hervat Be sure to click on the image for full-resolution detail views. This artwork was hand-rendered in Photoshop.
While the first three Apollo missions to the surface of the Moon touched down in the relatively smooth--and safe--lunar maria regions, the Apollo 15 landing site was nothing short of spectacular. The mission targeted a small area located at the eastern "shore" of the gigantic Imbrium basin, tucked between the sinuous channel known as Rima Hadley and 15,000-foot mountains. The daring mission plan required a landing maneuver that challenged the mighty lunar Apennine range (the approach angle was twice that of previous missions in order to clear the peaks and not overshoot the landing site).
Depicted here is the dramatic moment during their first lunar orbit when astronauts Scott, Irwin and Worden first gazed down at the mission's destination, still hidden in the shadow of the mountains. The Apennine range sweeps diagonally to the upper right, with the Caucasus Mountains continuing toward the lunar horizon. At top center are the shadow-filled craters Ariistillus, with Autolycus just below and Archimedes straddling the lunar terminator at the left. Rima Hadley itself is seen just to the left of center, meandering in and out of the mountain shadows.
Copyright 2016, James Hervat www.oceanofstarsgallery.com
NOTE: THE "FINE ART AMERICA" WATERMARK ON THE IMAGE DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE PRINTS.
July 2nd, 2017
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