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A Hidden Mission for Apollo 17?

Part I. Landing Among Giants

Apollo-17 (33)

 Apollo 17's December 07-19 1972 voyage to the moon was the crowning glory and finishing point of our entire manned lunar exploration program. The site chosen for this greatest and longest of all Apollo adventures was a small valley located in the Taurus-Littrow highlands. Because of the towering massifs which rise on nearly all sides of this site 2000 to 2500 meters, it was also the most dangerous landing of the Apollo program.

 The risks taken to put the Challenger down in this area were certainly great, and the successful landing a testament to the skills of mission commander Gene Cernan, veteran of Apollo 10 and Gemini, also driver of Apollo 17's lunar rover. The payoff for this risk was stated to be the opportunity to sample a larger and more diverse cross section of geologic and mineralogical materials. For this aim Gene was accompanied in the lunar landing module by civilian geologist Jack Schmitt. Command module pilot Ronald Evans remained in lunar orbit, overseeing the acquisition of much of the photography and orbital data we'll be viewing in this study.

 A purely scientific, reasonable, and innocently plausible motive such as stated above may or may not have been the actual and official reasoning behind taking such a huge risk. On closer examination of mission photography, mapping, and transcripts, it becomes increasingly evident that there may be more involved than was ever stated or written. I intend to show that there is indeed something much more profoundly shocking about this area and mission; something obvious that had been hidden in plain site, hushed, then back-drawer relegated to a time when it could be rediscovered and brought to attention by some observant and brave mind at a time of greater social acceptability. This side to Apollo 17 has been left unfathomed for decades. I have no intention to point a finger at any of the wonderful people or agencies involved in the mission, but to simply show a wonderful place from a different perspective backed up by plausible evidences. If the place is truly as anomalous as speculated herein, it's cause enough and even more reason for us to go back and fully explore the Moon, and stay.


 Extreme care has been taken in selecting only the highest quality, low generation, original Apollo photography presently accessible for this study. All images contained within are carefully scanned reproductions of original mission photography where possible. These were obtained and painstakingly correlated from various NASA Apollo film and photo collections and variations occur. Recognition and appreciation is due to all the fine people within and without their ranks who over the years have striven to keep the wonderful photographic record of our greatest adventure both current and intact. It is imperative that this photographic record be kept in as pristine form possible. Proper digitization allows preservation of these priceless film stocks for posterity.

 First off we should take a good wide angle look into the general area. To do this I have selected Apollo metric photo AS17-m-1218, which gives us a wide yet clear view of the entire vicinity. View the high resolution version of it by clicking on the photo and take some time to look around. An observant viewer might quickly recognize an acute geometric angularity, linearity, and ruggedness on the massifs below.
Our astronauts landed down there.

 The image center is 19.5N -30.9E, and was taken from altitude of 112 km with the sun coming from the east at about 35 degrees above horizon

Click on image for high resolution photo.

 The next photo below is a section from it, and the area shown is the target of this mission. This image shows us a close look at the general vicinity of the landing and exploration site, while remaining far enough away to draw context from the whole of the surrounding areas. The hexagonal item in the center is South Massif, the two other most prominent mountains around the landing site are North Massif and East Massif.

 As you can see, despite the good amount of erosion on its south west facet, South Massif is a neatly symmetrical hexagon. Even at this distance fine structural lineations are evident not only on it, but the surrounding massifs as well. This is one very anomalous "mountain" and it is of crucial importance in understanding the actual nature of this most remarkable location. We will be digging into it with the best imagery obtainable.

 This scene is now augmented by freshly scanned versions from the original spacecraft films and the wonderful zoom imaging technology of Gigapan. For your exploration: AS17-m-1218


 No doubt this scene drew the attention of observant lunar scientists, we have the mission itself to prove that

This close up image is an excerpt from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal showing a portion of panoramic camera image AS17-2309. The arrow pinpoints the near exact location of the landing site. The landing itself occurred at 19:54:57 (2:54:57 PM EST) at latitude 20.19080 degrees north, and 30.77168 degrees east, (within 60 feet of the planned landing point.) The valley pointed to by the arrow is only about 8 km wide. The lineations on the 2300 meter tall South Massif are abundantly clear in this view. From left to right corner across the longest axis it is approximately 17 km wide; across it's breadth approximately 12 km. It appears to have escaped notice as being an almost purely symmetrical hexagon covered by highly rectilinear striations in all official publications. This "mountain" is quite possibly a huge partially collapsed arcology. Likewise, it is also surrounded by numerous other structural anomalies. There is simply far too much evident geometry in its overall structure for it to be adequately explained as the product of plainly natural geological processes. The broad reasoning given that it was the result of an uplift caused by the Serenitatis event does in no way account for the evident - let me stress this - hexagonal symmetry of this structure or the linearity of the other massifs around it. Simply put, there is no reasonable or established model that explains how it could have formed in the shape it has. In the larger overall views of this area it is easily observable as well that South Massif's hexagonal structure is placed in the center of a diametrically opposed square plain bordered upon by sharply linear massifs of the same nature.

 Given the huge amount of planning that went into all of the Apollo missions it is difficult to imagine these anomalies could have been merely overlooked. On this issue, the esteemed Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning himself has stated that "Not every discovery has been announced'". A symmetrical, hexagonally shaped, half collapsed mountain covered with orthogonally geometric lineations is quite a rarity in nature, yet in all the descriptive studies done of this place, that fact about it is not mentioned. This may be just one among many of those unannounced discoveries.

 It is evidentially plausible that these oddities could very well be the actual reason the area was chosen for exploration at all. Apparently there could have been more than just the quest of collecting geological samples in mind, for this area bears attributes of being artificially constructed rather than naturally created. A nearly inescapable sense of ruined structural artifacts lying buried in the filth of the ages and the cataclysmic debris of destruction and waste permeates the viewing experience. Whether or not these items could have been humanly created from a long lost past or perhaps be of extraterrestrial origin is not speculated upon here, although artificiality as an explanation would by necessity generate questions along that line of reasoning. The strong visual hints of possible artificiality given by the images above prompt an even closer look, because open possibility is always greater than closed denial.
 This can be done with the use of a higher resolution photo sectional from Itek Panoramic camera image AS17-2309.
Click the image to see the properly oriented high resolution photo.

I've also prepared the full resolution zoomable Gigapan version of this image, made from original Apollo film scans


A Hidden Mission for Apollo 17

 The high resolution panoramic photos are unquestionably spectacular. A detailed visual perusal reveals that the whole area is full of highly structural linearities. These can be said to resemble ruined construction patterns more than reminiscent of what we have seen via aerial archaeology here on Earth. The only catch is that this happens to be the Moon. Were this an aerial photo of a location on Earth, it would be a safe bet that both archaeologists and treasure hunters would have already been over it thoroughly. The area around the top and sides of both South and North Massifs, the Lee-Lincoln Scarp... the Sculptured Hills... the Access Region...Hole in the Wall... Nansen..
We will be looking closer at these marvels over the next few pages.
All these places contain wonders, but one sticks out particularly.
 In perusing the perimeters of South Massif in all the above images, you may have noticed the dark spot on its long, bright upper edge, at the terminus of the slope rise where it meets the plain (Lower long edge in the photo directly above). This is called Nansen.
That dark spot and local vicinity were of utmost importance to the mission, and to us all.

Part II.  Where Giants Sleep

 "On a satellite I ride, nothing down below can hide"

Keith Laney Productions™ © 2002-2013

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