Revisiting the Apollo photogrammetric mapping system

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Abstract

The integrated photogrammetric mapping system flown on the last three Apollo lunar missions (15, 16, and 17) in 1971 and 1972 incorporated a Metric (mapping) Camera, a high-resolution Panoramic Camera, and a star camera and laser altimeter to provide support data. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Center, the Intelligent Robotics Group of the NASA Ames Research Center, and Arizona State University are working together in an ongoing collaboration to achieve the most complete cartographic development of Apollo mapping system data into versatile digital map products. These will enable a variety of scientific/engineering uses of the data including mission planning, geologic mapping, geophysical process modelling, slope dependent correction of spectral data, and change detection. After a brief discussion of the origins of the mapping system, we describe the Metric and Panoramic cameras, processing of the associated image and support data, work to photogrammetrically control the Metric Camera images, and future plans.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Revisiting the Apollo photogrammetric mapping system
DOI 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-1-133-2018
Volume 42
Issue 1
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher ISPRS
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
First page 133
Last page 140
Conference Title ISPRS Technical Commission I Symposium, "Innovative Sensing - From Sensors to Methods and Applications,
Conference Location Karlsruhe, Germany
Conference Date 10-12 October 2018
Other Geospatial Moon