Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey, 1971. Folding map with text. Includes 4-page pamphlet: “Geologic Maps of Early Apollo Landing Sites" by N. J. Trask. Sheet size: about 28 ½ x 30 ¾ .” Map dimensions: about 20 1/2 x 28.” Folds into manila printed envelope: 11 ¾ x 9 ¼.”. Very good. Item #3714
This vividly colored map shows the detailed topography and geology of the area around the second manned lunar landing site. Apollo 12 touched down on the moon’s surface on November 19, 1969. One of the objectives of Apollo 12 was to retrieve portions of the Surveyor III spacecraft, which had soft-landed on the moon April 20, 1967, a short distance from the selected Apollo 12 landing site. The lunar module landed a short stroll (535 feet) from Surveyor III, and during the second EVA astronauts Conrad and Bean successfully retrieved the desired parts of it for return to earth. The map locates the landing site of the Lunar module as well as the position of Surveyor III.
This is USGS Map I-627 from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geologic Atlas of the Moon, which was issued as 79 separate maps between 1962 and 1974. An index to the individual maps appears at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/mapcatalog/usgs/.
The map was published in 1971, two years after the landing, with the landing site and date clearly noted on the map. An important piece of lunar cartography. [ICN 7606.].