Earth's Moon - Apollo 12

Surveyor 3 trenching area on the Moon

Earth's Moon
Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean took this picture on the second moonwalk EVA on 20 November 1969. It shows the area trenched by the soil mechanics surface sampler on the Surveyor 3 spacecraft, which landed on the Moon on 20 April 1967. Part of the sampling arm can be seen at the top of the picture above lander leg 2. The footpad is roughly 30 cm in diameter. The trenches appear virtually unchanged from when they were dug 2 1/2 years earlier. Because of the Sun angle and the slope of the crater much of the area is in shadow. (Apollo 12, AS12-H-48-7129)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1969-11-20 T 08:25
Distance/Range (km): 0.001
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -3.01, 23.42
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: surface image, spacecraft
Instrument: Hasselblad Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): Film Type - SO 164
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-48-7129
Other Image ID number:
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 69-099A-01D
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