Revisiting the Apollo photogrammetric mapping system

K. L. Edmundson, O. Alexandrov, B. A. Archinal, K. J. Becker, T. L. Becker, J. A. Mapel, Z. M. Moratto, A. V. Nefian, J. O. Richie, Mark Robinson, M. R. Shepherd, J. R. Shinaman, E. D. Smith

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The integrated photogrammetric mapping system flown on the last three Apollo lunar missions (AS15, AS16, and AS17) in 1971 and 1972 incorporated a Metric (mapping) Camera, a high-resolution Panoramic Camera, and a star camera and laser altimeter. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 20 2018
Event2018 ISPRS Technical Commission I Midterm Symposium on Innovative Sensing - From Sensors to Methods and Applications - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: Oct 10 2018Oct 12 2018


  • Apollo
  • Mapping Systems
  • Metric Camera
  • Panoramic Camera
  • Photogrammetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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