December 11: Moon landing at Taurus-Littrow

Challenger landed on the lunar surface at 19:48 GMT on 11 December 1972.

Taurus-Littrow valley

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

The view from Challenger’s window (click to enlarge)

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

The Taurus–Littrow valley was chosen because of its geologically varied terrain. The crew were hoping to collect different soils, relatively young lavas which filled the valley floor and older crustal material from the North and South Massifs. Several large boulders had rolled down the massifs providing additional sampling opportunities.

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