Luna. 1972. On The Way To Nansen…

Posted: May 18th, 2009 in Moon, NASA, space
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Apollo 17, Hasselblad magazine 135, image AS17-135-20680, enhanced and web optimized by Iggy Makarevich.

Here’s the original image.

This shot’s quite famous, too, perhaps more so than the glowing green critter lurking in the deep boulder shadow from a few posts ago. This is Apollo 17 image catalog number AS17-135-20680.

When you look at the original, at first glance you might even throw it away as it’s overexposed greatly. Still though, a second glance reveals a faint form in the center… just enough to cry out to the viewer to try to bring it out. It looks as though there might be a pyramid there. 

And, lordy, as you see above… there is!

Nicely shaped, too, no? I’ve enhanced this a few times over the years and this one turned out the best I think. Those of little imagination claim we’re all nuts and  it’s just a pic of the floor of the car, as the NASA catalog lists it as:

AS17-135-20680 (OF300) ( 209k or 1402k )

LRV Floor? Sunstruck.

That’s only because the previous two shots actually were shots of the floor of the rover. The two before that are shots of the rover’s seats. What the brain-challenged skeptoids disregard is that question mark you see there. They’re good at that. And it is obviously pretty well sunstruck. But not well enough, thank the deities.

Too bad they didn’t hang about, but they had other tasks. The primary mission of Apollo 17, unlike the blather released to the people who paid for all this, i.e. you and me, now seems to have been the clandestine investigation of a feature called Nansen, an apparent opening into the rather geometrically shaped massif that is a good candidate for a structure.

Upon landing on December 19, 1972, they immediately went all out to get there. Went right to it. Fast. When they got there they went to great lengths to hide what they were doing and position cameras so we couldn’t see. So even Houston couldn’t see. Anything. They did get lots of Hasselblad shots down there in that alien hole, though. How many were released, you ask? You guessed it. None. To this day. You should learn about this mission. It’s pretty exciting stuff. For further enlightenment, thankfully Mr. Keith Laney has written a wonderful series on the whole escapade that you simply must read if lunar anomalies are your thing.

Update: There’s a video on YouTube that stars this image. It’s very good, too!

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