Accession Number : AD0663457

Title :   OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMENT ON APOLLO 501 MISSION PHOTOGRAPHY.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s) : Walsh,Don ; Arnold,James E.

Report Date : 30 NOV 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : The paper resulted from requests by the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office and NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston for an oceanographic appraisal of earth photography taken by the APOLLO 501 Mission on 9 November 1967. A total of 755 70 mm color photographs were taken on this mission by a Maurer camera sighted through the pilot's window in the capsule. The area of photographic coverage was of the South Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica as seen from the tip of Africa. The altitude of the pictures ranged from 7,450 to 9,850 miles, however, coverage was limited by the location of the earth terminator along the west coast of Africa. As a result only a crescent shaped portion of the earth is seen. Analysis of the information content of this photography was limited by a lack of hard data on surface oceanographic and meteorological conditions for the day of the mission. The authors therefore have relied on climatological data published in standard references as the basis of interpretation. In short, this analysis provides educated speculation on this material as developed by an oceanographer and a meteorologist. The goal of this speculation is to see whether or not future missions in this series should carry cameras and under what conditions should they be programmed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MANNED SPACECRAFT, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY), (*OCEANOGRAPHY, PHOTOINTERPRETATION), PHOTOGRAMMETRY, PHOTOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE, OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, CLIMATE, ANTARCTIC REGIONS, ATLANTIC OCEAN, SPACECRAFT CAMERAS, AIR MASS ANALYSIS, PATTERN RECOGNITION, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, MAPS, WEATHER FORECASTING, LUNAR PROBES

Subject Categories : Cartography and Aerial Photography
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE