LOIRP Releases Restored Lunar Orbiter IV Image of the Lunar South Pole


This image (LO_IV 4094) of the Moon’s south pole was taken by Lunar Orbiter IV on 16 May 1967 at 16:00:08 GMT. This image is identified as Frame 4094,high resolution subframe h1. Large craters visible in this image include Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott.
A larger web version of this image is online here. A full, high resolution version of this image is online here at the NLSI.

2 Replies to “LOIRP Releases Restored Lunar Orbiter IV Image of the Lunar South Pole”

  1. The location of the pole in the final picture here uses the old geodetic control net and is incorrect. Although subject to revision after the LRO mission, the current best estimate of the position of the pole is on the RIM of Shackleton (not inside the crater), at about the 10 o’clock position in this orientation.
    Editor’s note: Thanks. I used original Lunar Orbiter documentation to generate this graphic.

  2. What the …. is “Processing Artifact” in the last image above? Alien artifact maybe?
    A flaw in the film as a result of it moving through the camera.

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