Colloquium: “Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing Site with New Orbital Data: Fresh Eyes on the Taurus-Littrow Valley”

Friday, September 11, 2015 3:00pm, Exploratory Hall, L004

Noah Petro
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Abstract: In December 1972 the final Apollo mission to the Moon, Apollo 17, spent three days exploring the 2 kilometer deep Taurus-Littrow Valley. During their time on the lunar surface, Commander Gene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison “Jack” Schmitt sampled over 10 stations on the surface, including a avalanche deposit, a small crater that exposed orange glass, and three main mountain units. One of the main conundrums to arise from their sampling is the origin of some compositionally unique rocks. Using data from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper on the Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon we revisit the origin of one of the units sampled by Apollo 17.