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2022 April 21
Fifty years ago, April 20, 1972,
lunar module Orion touched
down on the Moon’s near side in the south-central Descartes Highlands.
orbited overhead in Casper the
friendly command and service module
the Orion brought
John Young and Charles Duke
to the lunar surface.
The pair would spend nearly
three days on the Moon.
Constructed from images
(AS16-117-18814 to AS16-117-18820)
taken near the end of their third and final surface excursion
this panoramic view puts the lunar module in the
distance toward the left.
electric lunar roving
vehicle in the foreground, Duke is operating the
camera while Young aims the high gain communications antenna skyward,
toward planet Earth.