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2005-Jul-26, 05:54 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 spacecraft took this image of the Hadley Rille on the south-east edge of Mare Imbrium on the Moon. The bright bumps on the lower part of the image are the Appenine mountains, which formed a backdrop during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. The Hadley Rille is a 120 km (76 mile) long gully - probably a collapsed lava tube - that formed about 3.3 billion years ago.

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2005-Jul-26, 08:00 PM
I know there's NO chance of seeing it, but I'd still like to know where on that image is the Apollo 15 lander and rover.

2005-Jul-26, 08:16 PM
I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing.

Willy Logan
2005-Jul-27, 04:04 AM
In the upper right of the picture, just to the right of the kink in Hadley Rille where it turns back to the left. The mountain below that kink it Mount Hadley, which is visible in the background of many of the Apollo 15 photographs. NASA prepared a fabulous USGS-style topo map of the area with the landing site marked:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/.../a15LTO41B4.jpg (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a15/a15LTO41B4.jpg)

Here's an annotated version of the ESA photograph: