Earth's Moon - Apollo 12

One of the odd mounds seen by the Apollo 12 astronauts on the Moon

Earth's Moon
This is an image of one of the peculiar mounds which were seen around Head crater at the Apollo 12 landing site. The mound is described by Bean as "about 4 feet high and, at the top it's about 5 feet across..." It is roughly 4 to 6 meters in diameter at the base. The mounds are thought to be clumps of regolith thrown out of craters during impact which have slowly formed into their present shape by small meteorite bombardment over time. This southwest looking photograph was taken by commander Charles "Pete" Conrad on the first moonwalk EVA. (Apollo 12, AS12-H-46-6795)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1969-11-19 T 13:06
Distance/Range (km): 0.02
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -3.01, 23.42
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: surface image
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - SO 168
Instrument Field of View (deg): 60 mm Focal Length
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: AS12-H-46-6795
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 69-099A-01C
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015