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Tykeanaut
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posted 10-25-2017 02:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apparently part of the Saturn V rocket on the Apollo 13 mission was scheduled to be aimed and crashed into the moon about 125-miles away from the Apollo 12 seisometer. I'm aware that lunar module ascent stages have done this, but this was to be the "big one."

Was this experiment achieved on any following mission?

SpaceAholic
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posted 10-25-2017 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
S-IVB stages from Apollo's 13-17 impacted the lunar surface.

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posted 10-25-2017 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The craters produced by these S-IVB impacts have all been located and positively identified. They can be viewed here on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera website.

Blackarrow
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posted 10-25-2017 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and the Apollo 13 and Apollo 14 SIVB impact craters were imaged by Apollo 16's SIM-bay cameras.

Tykeanaut
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posted 10-31-2017 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. Those images are amazing.

denali414
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posted 10-31-2017 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for denali414   Click Here to Email denali414     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is also cool in those later Apollo images are the lunar tracks of the vehicles after landings — was just at Goddard Space Flight Center and they have some even more amazing images at the visitor center from the LRO on the Apollo landing sites if anyone is ever in that area.

Tykeanaut
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posted 11-01-2017 04:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a nostalgia point of view I'd love to visit those impact and landing sites.

Blackarrow
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posted 11-01-2017 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You may get your wish (vicariously) if the lunar probe featured in last month's "Sky at Night" ever gets off the ground. I believe the target is the Apollo 17 landing-site. Mind you, I'll believe it when it happens. We've been hearing about these Lunar X Prize plans for many years. So far, nothing.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-01-2017 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe you are referring to PTScientists' ALINA lunar lander and Audi lunar quattro rovers.

They have withdrawn from the Google Lunar X Prize, preferring to fly when they are ready rather than to meet a contest deadline, but are still working toward a series of launches, the first still targeting Taurus Littrow.

There are also Moon Express and Astrobotic, as well as TeamIndus, which are still making progress toward lunar robotic missions.

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