Hypatia Rille and crater Moltke
Aldrin: "In the final phases of the descent after a number of program alarms, we looked at the landing area and found a very large crater. This is the area we decided we would not go into; we extended the range downrange. The exhaust dust was kicked up by the engine, and this caused some concern I that it degraded our ability to determine not only our altitude in the final phases but also our translational velocities over the ground. It's quite important not to stub your toe during the final phases of touchdown."
July 17, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: NASA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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