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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

[Floor of Copernicus crater]
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CAPTION: The floor of Copernicus in the area south of the crater is shown in fine detail in this photograph taken by Lunar Orbiter 2's telephoto lens at 7:05 p.m. EST, November 23. Copernicus, 60 miles in diameter and two miles deep, dominates the upper left quadrant of the Moon as seen from Earth. Distance from crater Fauth at base of photo to near rim of Copernicus is 33 miles. Hummocky terrain in foreground was formed by ejection of material from Copernicus after impact by a giant meteorite. Mountains rising from the flat floor of the crater are about 1,000 feet high with slopes up to 30 degrees and are covered with loose blocks and rubble. Triangular shaped flat area in foreground on left margin is a fault trough filled by young volcanic rocks. From the horizon to the base of the photograph is about 180 miles. Crater Fauth is about 13 miles across and 4,500 feet deep. Lunar Orbiter was 28.4 miles above the the surface and about 150 miles due south of the center of Copernicus when the picture was taken. This photograph was transmitted from the spacecraft to the Deep Space Network station at Goldstone, Calif., on Nonvember 28. Lunar Orbiter is a National Aeronuatics and Space Administration Project managed by the Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
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1966-11-30 (November 30, 1966)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Metadata Record Letter from Homer E. Newell, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to Joshua Lederberg (March 17, 1967) pdf (57,083 Bytes) ocr (1,158 Bytes)
Metadata Record [First view of Earth taken from the Moon] (August 23, 1966) jpg (207,530 Bytes)
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 68
Folder Number: 45
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Series: Research
SubSeries: Exobiology
SubSubSeries: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
SubSubSubSeries: Photographs
SubSubSubSubSeries: Lunar Orbiter
Folder: Lunar Orbiter I, 1966-1967
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