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jules

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Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:38:35 am »
Roberto Bugiolacchi, Moon Zoo science lead introduces the latest Moon Zoo challenge:

Dear MoonZoo aficionados,

Our next surveying exercise will be centred on the Apollo 12 landing site. 


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Your previous and successful endeavour saw hundreds of thousands of craters and interesting features noted in the region of the Apollo 17 landing site in the Taurus-Littrow valley. Here we witnessed a chaotic and highly scarred terrain, squeezed between tall mountains and crossed by a deep fault (the Lee-Lincoln Scarp): a rather complex geological setting. Indeed, the landing site was selected based on its geological diversity, with the aim of collecting pre-Imbrian age highland material, mare basalts, and igneous products from potential volcanic edifices.


Apollo 12 – Commander Pete Conrad is working at the equipment bay of Lunar Module ‘Intrepid’ on the Ocean of Storms (©NASA)

Now we are turning our attention to the Apollo 12 landing site, and from 9 May all the Moon Zoo images relate to this site. In November 1969 Apollo 12 landed within a vast lunar mare (lava plains) region called Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms), and in particular an area baptised as Mare Cognitum (Known Sea), so called given that it had already been visited by three unmanned lunar missions (Luna 5, USSR, Surveyor 3 and Ranger 7, US). The landing region was estimated to be younger than the Apollo 11 site based on kilometre-size craters census (2.37 times fewer craters). In the following years, returned sample analyses (i.e. Stöffler and Ryder, 2001; Barra et al., 2006) estimated ages of 3.58 ± 0.01 and 3.80 ± 0.02 Gyr (both Late Imbrian Epoch), for Apollo 11, against 3.15 ± 0.04 Gyr for Apollo 12, (Eratosthenian Period). It will be very interesting to compare these direct age estimates with your high resolution/volume crater count survey, AND also compare them with the results from the Apollo 17 blitz (samples’ age: 3.75 ± 0.01 Gyr). 

Obviously, as before we are also going to harvest data generated by the Moon Zoo users regarding bouldernyness and shape of the noted craters in order to build a fuller picture of the impact record in the region. As it happens, the lunar science team based at Birkbeck/UCL, UK, has been looking at the Apollo 12 region for quite sometime, both in terms of geological mapping and analysis of returned samples. We are particularly interested in the different lava flows found in the region and the mapping of small craters; the associated boulder distribution will be employed to estimate the different ages and thickness of these lava flows. Your Moon Zoo measurements of the Apollo 12 site will therefore be greatly appreciated, and they will potentially be incorporated in future scientific publications.

So, let’s start this new and exciting journey together: I will keep you posted on both results from previous efforts (A17, etc.) and the ongoing ones. Go and explore!



Barra F., et al., 2006. 40Ar/39Ar dating of Apollo 12 regolith: Implications for the age of Copernicus and the source of nonmare materials, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 70, 6016-6031.

Stöffler D. and Ryder G. 2001. Stratigraphy and isotope ages of lunar geologic units: chronological standard for the inner solar system. Space Science Reviews 96: 9-54.

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Re: Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 01:49:49 pm »
This being done through the main site yes?

jules

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Re: Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2013, 08:23:00 pm »
Yes - some images are up and more will follow.

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Re: Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 09:16:07 pm »

ID: AMZ1003vpb
Latitude: -2.53962 Degrees
Longitude: 336.546 Degrees
Sun Angle: -73.43 Degrees
Scale: 0.84 Meters / Pixel
Zoom Level: 3 ( Out / In )
The lower right , white splatter suggests to me , impact of something not that it means much I have not been correct many times in the past . I tried to have a look on Act React map but could not find it . I was southwest of Lansberg P or Landsberg P not far north of Apollo 12 , sorry I did not know where to post this . if someone could please have a look and con firm that I was in the right place , it would be much appreciated ,thanks .Ian shocko61

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Re: Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 03:00:38 pm »
I believe this is the location Ian

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Re: Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013, 04:01:33 pm »
Looks spot on to me. A very bouldery region catching the sunlight.

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Re: Monday 13 May 2013 - Apollo 12 - a new challenge is set!
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2013, 10:18:21 am »
Thank you JJ , Thank you jules , I am still trying to get used to the about face images . Ian shocko61