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Earthlight (Apollo 15 site craterlet name)

Lat: 26.1°N, Long: 3.7°E, Diam: 0 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 22

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The Landing Site Name "Earthlight" is plotted on Topophotomap 41B4/S1 .

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Earthlight (correct link)

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Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 15 site.

At 143:26:57 in the Apollo 15 page Traverse to Station 6 on Mt. Hadley Delta from the online Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (ALSJ, Eric M. Jones) we find something interesting about Earthlight:
  • ALSJ Contributor Harald Kucharek calls attention to the following from Clarke's novel 3001: The Final Odyssey: "It gives me particular pleasure to pay this tribute to the crew of Apollo 15. On their return from the Moon they sent me the beautiful relief map of Falcon's landing site, which now has pride of place in my office. It shows the routes taken by the Lunar Rover during its three excursions, one of which skirted Earthlight Crater. The map bears the inscription: 'To Arthur Clarke from the crew of Apollo 15 with many thanks for your visions of space. Dave Scott, Al Worden, Jim Irwin.' In return, I have now dedicated Earthlight (which, written in 1953, was set in the territory the Rover was to drive over in 1971): 'To Dave Scott and Jim Irwin, the first men to enter this land, and to Al Worden who watched over them from orbit'. After covering the Apollo 15 landing in the CBS studio with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra, I flew to Mission Control to watch the re-entry and splashdown. I was sitting beside Al Worden's little daughter when she was the first to notice that one of the capsule's three parachutes had failed to deploy. It was a tense moment, but luckily the remaining two were quite adequate for the job".

Not to be confused with Charles J. Byrne's farside crater "Erlicht" (Ehrlich)

Sometimes... I wonder if it's much more efficient if the author of a moonbook should do it all by himself... because... I think Charles J. Byrne's wife invented names such as "Erlicht" (is the name Ehrlich really that difficult?). See page 101 in Charles J. Byrne's The Far Side of the Moon; a Photographic Guide (Springer, 2008). - DannyCaes Dec 12, 2017

LPOD Articles


Kenneth F. Weaver: Apollo 15 explores the mountains of the moon (National Geographic, February 1972).
David M. Harland: EXPLORING THE MOON; The Apollo Expeditions.