Dec 10, 2009

What do we already know about the Moon? Find out at the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal

NASA's LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) mission recently discovered the presence of water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater. This recent discovery will certainly change our understanding of our closest neighbor, and we still have a lot to learn, but...what do we already know? What did the Apollo astronauts find during their time on the lunar surface? Want to learn more? Visit the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, a record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972.

The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve moonwalking astronauts.

Scroll to the bottom of the introduction page (pictured above) to enter the Journal; there you'll find information from Apollo missions 11 through 17 (including Apollo 13, which was never able to land on the Lunar surface). Browse by mission or by information source - which includes video, Lunar sample catalogs, mission logs and transcripts, and more.

Visit to learn more about LCROSS and the new things we're discovering about the Moon; but don't forget to revisit what we've already learned and our previous accomplishments at the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal.