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posted 10-29-2018 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silver   Click Here to Email Silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for some details on AS13-62-8885, the photo of the distant moon out the lunar module window. In particular, I'm trying to identify the specific mission clock time but am having some trouble. Anyone have any knowledge, leads, or suggestions? Thanks!

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posted 10-29-2018 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I checked my hard copy of the Apollo 13 Photographic Data Package dated December 1970. Other than indicating that Magazine JJ was loaded with SO-168 film and that the image was shot with a 250mm lens, no other information was given.

The small reproduction of the frame in the Data Package is rotated 180 degrees from the orientation in your posting e.g. the thruster is at the top of the image.

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posted 10-29-2018 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for One Big Monkey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The image after this one shows a similar view of Earth and my estimate, based on the weather satellite record and position of the terminator, is about 16:30 on April 14th.

Also, about half an hour prior to my estimate, we have this from the transcript:

68:51:49 Haise: Well, would you like some pictures

Followed by a comms break. My estimate for the Earth image could easily be out by 15 minutes or so. So I'd say definitely between 16:00 - 16:30 GMT on the 14th.

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posted 10-30-2018 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silver   Click Here to Email Silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you both!

Headshot: That was about the extent of details I could find online too. Nice catch with the orientation, I didn't notice this. So the side of the photo with the thruster would be the top of the LM then?

Monkey: Nice sleuthing, that is extremely helpful! Might this also imply that Haise was the photographer?

Does anyone know what is, I assume is being reflected, in the window to the left of the thruster?

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posted 10-30-2018 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for One Big Monkey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks a little like this (the edge of the transfer tunnel), but perhaps a different part of it?

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posted 10-30-2018 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The orientation you have is correct for an astronaut in the standing position looking through the LM's right window. At upper right the 16mm acquisition camera cord is seen as a dark orange ribbed shape. Across the bottom is the crash bar which protects the window from impact. At right is the rolled up window shade. The upper half of the window is reflecting the LM ceiling with its many holes. I believe the area near the thruster is a reflection of the transition from the forward cabin to the aft cabin. But I agree that the striped area does look like the area near the overhead hatch.

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