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Ed's Station A Pan

Corrected Transcript and Commentary Copyright © 2002 by Eric M. Jones.
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Last revised 12 December 2005.

Ed's superb Station A pan consists of frames AS14-68- 9394 to 9408. As was his usual practice, Ed took the pan in a clockwise sequence.

The f-stop settings used relative to the direction of the Sun are shown on decals mounted on the tops of the film magazines. 'HBW' is High-Speed Black-and-White and 'HCEX' is High-Speed Color Exterior.

Mitchell - "(In 9397), there's my footprints going out to where the LPM was to the northwest. (In 9404), his shadow's going down into a crater. I'm standing to the north of him and panning around south to west. As I come around to the west, there's the lunar module (in 9408). "

Frame 9398 gives an impresion of the undulations of the local terrain.

Frames 9404 and 9405 show Al carrying the double core back to the MET. He has the upper end in his left hand and the bit end resting on the hammer, which he is holding in his right hand. In 9405, note the LPM cable at the back of the MET, directly in front of Al.

Frames AS14-68- 9406, 9407, and 9408 show the footprints and MET tracks that they made as they approached Station A. Because Ed and Al use different strides, their footprint patterns are also different.

In frame 9406, we see the in-bound MET tracks. Al was pulling it and because he used a loping, foot-to-foot stride, the deepest part of his footprint is at the toe.

In frame 9407, Al's footprints and the MET tracks are toward the left, with Ed's footprints to the right. Ed tends to use a skip and we can see in his footprints that his right foot lands flat and then makes only a slight toe impression as he pushes off. His left footprints show a smaller, much deeper, toe imprint. Note that Al's left and right footprints are similar, although there are places where his right footprints seem deeper, but this may be a result of variations in bearing strength of the surface.

The final frame, 9408, shows the LM and gives a good impression of the circuitous path they've followed in order to go around craters. It also contains further examples of the differing bootprint patterns made by Al, on the left, pulling the MET and using a loping stride, and Ed, who was on the right, using a skipping stride.

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