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Mapping Camera Aspect Stellar Photography

NSSDCA ID: 1971-063A-04

Mission Name: Apollo 15 Command and Service Module (CSM)
Principal Investigator:Dr. Frederick J. Doyle


This experiment was part of the mapping camera subsystem, using a 7.6-cm lens with a viewing angle at 96 degrees to the mapping camera view. It was mechanically attached to the 3-in mapping camera (experiment 71-063A-03). During spacecraft day, the stellar camera provided cartographic pointing references for the metric camera through the use of the star field photographed. During the spacecraft night, the camera was operated in conjunction with the laser altimeter to provide a determination of the laser pointing vector. The stellar photographs obtained during the Apollo 15 mission appear to be adequate for determining the altitude of the stellar and terrain cameras.

Alternate Names

  • 3 in Mapping Camera - Stellar Photography
  • Apollo15CSM/MappingCameraAspectStellarPhotography
  • S166
  • Stellar Photography
  • urn:nasa:pds:context:instrument:metriccam.a15c


  • Astronomy: Visible

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Mr. Sam N. Hardee, Jr.General ContactNASA Johnson Space Center
Dr. Frederick J. DoylePrincipal InvestigatorUS Geological Survey
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