Apollo 15 Flown Lunar Contingency Map Plates
Flown lunar contingency map plates carried to the moon aboard the Command Module "Endeavour" during the Apollo 15 mission, originally from the collection of Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott.
Select from a list of Apollo 15 contingency map plates that were flown to the moon aboard the Command Module "Endeavour" during the Apollo 15 mission in July 1971.
The chart is identified by the legend box as "Lunar Contingency Chart, Apollo 15, July 26, 1971, SKB 32100115-382, S/N 1001, 1st Edition, May 25, 1971, Mercator Projection, 1:5,500,000 at the equator," and depicts the entire lunar surface covered during Endeavour's six days in lunar orbit. Full line plots of lunar orbit ground tracks are shown with multiple colors depending on which particular orbit is plotted; lunar topography is shown by shaded relief with a western illumination and includes revolution numbers and times of crossing. Background coloration is also used to indicate variance in reflectance of lunar areas under full illumination.
- Select your desired map plate
- Each map measures approx. 12.5" x 8"
- Includes a copy of original CDR Dave Scott letter of authenticity
- Includes a copy of the Apollo 15 stowage list with the map highlighted
- Includes certificate of authenticity with holographic logo and company stamp
Map Location Information:
- A-1 Map: Fra Mauro highlands, the landing site of Apollo 14, is located in the top-right corner. Tycho, a prominent lunar impact crater located in the southern lunar highlands, is located in the top-left. The crater is named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546–1601) and is estimated to be 108 million years old.
- B-1 Map: Hadley Rille, the Apollo 15 landing site, is located near the center of the map. Hadley Rille is named after British scientist and mathematician John Hadley (1682-1744).
- A-2 Map: South of Descartes crater, the landing site of Apollo 16, is located in the top-right of the map. The text for Descartes, however, is located on map A-1. As such, A1 & A2 would be suitable companions.
- B-2 Map: This particular map plate features the first and last Apollo lunar landing sites. The Sea of Tranquility, the landing site of Apollo 11, is located in the bottom-left corner of the map. Taurus-Littrow, the landing site of Apollo 17, is located near the middle of the map.
- A-3 Map: The Luna 16 landing site is located in the top-right corner of the map. Luna 16 was part of the Soviet Luna Program and was the first robotic probe to land on the Moon and return a sample of lunar soil to Earth.
- B-3 Map: The Luna 18, 20, 23 & 24 landing sites are located in the top-left corner of the map. All probes were part of the Soviet Luna Program. The Luna missions were designed to collect information about the environment on the lunar surface, as well as to assist in planning future manned lunar missions.
- A-4 Map: Milne crater is located near the center of the map. Milne is named after the British mathematician and astrophysicist Edward Arthur Milne.
- B-4 Map: Fleming crater is located on the middle-left side of the map. Fleming was named after Scottish-born astronomer Williamina Fleming (1857 – 1911), and biologist, physician, microbiologist, and pharmacological Alexander Fleming.
- A-5 Map: Gagarin crater is located in the bottom-right corner of the map. The crater was named after cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. The six craters falling within the perimeter of Gagarin have also been named after pioneers of Russian aviation and astronautics, including Isaev, Grave, Balandin, Raspletin, Kosberg, and Andronov.
- B-5 Map: Tereshkova crater is located near the middle of the map. Tereshkova was named after cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.
- C-3 Map: The Eastern Sea, otherwise known as Mare Orientale is a lunar mare is visible on the lower half of the map. The Eastern Sea is located on the western border of the near side and the far side of the Moon, making it difficult to see from an Earthbound perspective.
- C-4 Map: Grimaldi crater is located in the bottom-right corner of the map. Grimaldi is known for its inner wall being heavily worn and eroded by subsequent impacts that form a low, irregular ring of hills, ridges and peaks, rather than a typical crater rim. Despite this, amazingly there are peaks remaining that reach a height of over 2 kilometres.
- D-5 Map: Kepler crater is located in the middle-left section of the map. Kepler is a lunar impact crater that lies between the Oceanus Procellarum to the west and Mare Insularum in the east. Kepler is named after the 17th-century German astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler.
This Apollo 15 flown map came from the collection of Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott. One section of the chart is hand-signed and flight-certified in black felt tip, "Flown to the moon on Apollo 15, July 26-Aug 7, 1971. Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR." The chart is identified in the legend box and bears the serial numbers "SKB 32100115-382" & "S/N 1001" that correspond with those found in the Apollo 15 stowage list, which will also be included with each map plate.
Each map plate comes with a copy of the signed letter of authenticity from Scott, reading in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 "Lunar Contingency Chart" included with this letter was flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavour during Apollo 15, the first extended scientific exploration of the Moon, July 26-August 7, 1971…This 'Lunar Contingency Chart' has been in my personal collection since our return to Earth."
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