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NASA: Lunar Planning Chart [Autographed by Six Apollo Astronauts]

Map: CELEST1279
Cartographer: NASA
Title: Lunar Planning Chart [Autographed by Six Apollo Astronauts]
Date: 1969
Published: St. Louis
Width: 49 inches / 125 cm
Height: 30 inches / 77 cm
Map ref: CELEST1279
Impressive large scale chart of the near side of the Moon signed by a member of every Apollo mission that successfully landed on the moon. Each astronaut has signed the map over the sites where they walked on the lunar surface. The signatures read...
- "First Lunar Landing, Tranquillity Base, BUZZ ALDRIN, July 20, 1969"
- "Ocean of Storms, ALAN BEAN Apollo XII LMP, Nov '69"
- "Fra Mauro Base, EDGAR MITCHELL Apollo 14, Feb '71"
- "Hadley Rille, DAVE SCOTT, Jul / Aug 1971/ Apollo 15"
- "Descartes / Cayley Plains, CHARLES M. DUKE, JR., Apollo 16, April 1972"
- "The Valley of Taurus Littrow, GENE CERNAN Apollo XVII, Dec '72."
Produced by the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center (ACIC) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in July 1969, the lunar surface is shown at a scale of 1:2,500,000 and is focused on the area of exploration for the Apollo lunar landing missions.

It marks in great detail the topographical features including mare, craters and ejecta (or lunar) rays with all the approved International Astronomical Union (IAU) nomenclature. The colour-lithographic process adds to the shaded relief shown on the map, which would have assisted greatly with planning landing manoeuvres for the astronauts. The lower margin contains notes and diagrams as directions for use of the chart, and in the lower right hand corner a manuscript note “11 of 12 GHL” providing an indication of the scarcity of these maps.

The LOC map series was created to update the already astonishingly detailed LMP map series, and become the common base chart for all Apollo missions. The information for these maps was compiled from thousands of photographs from Lunar Orbiter missions (1966-67), Hasselblad footage from the Apollo 8 (Dec. 1968) and Apollo 10 (May 1969) missions, as well as Earth-based telescopic photographs from international observatories, all painstakingly joined to provide the most accurate map of the moon to date.

Printed colour. Signatures. Framed. [CELEST1279]