Apollo 12 Lunar Module, in Landing Configuration, Photographed in Lunar Orbit

The Apollo 12 Lunar Module in lunar orbit, visible in space over the Moon's horizon. On the lunar surface below, a row of craters and hills extending towards the viewer.
June 28, 2018
Historical DateNovember 19, 1969
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The Apollo 12 Lunar Module (LM), in a lunar landing configuration, is photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Modules (CSM). The coordinates of the center of the lunar surface shown in picture are 4.5 degrees west longitude and 7 degrees south latitude. The largest crater in the foreground is Ptolemaeus; and the second largest is Herschel. Aboard the LM were astronauts Charles Conrad Jr., commander; and Alan L. Bean, lunar module pilot. Astronaut Richard R. Gordon Jr., command module pilot, remained with the CSM in lunar orbit while Conrad and Bean descended in the LM to explore the surface of the moon.