OUR FIRST PINPOINT LANDING. Large black and white photograph, of an orbital view of the Ocean of Storms,
Lot 1211
OUR FIRST PINPOINT LANDING. Large black and white photograph, of an orbital view of the Ocean of Storms,
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Lot Details
OUR FIRST PINPOINT LANDING.
Large black and white photograph, of an orbital view of the Ocean of Storms, 15½ x 18½ inches, with transparent sheet taped over part of the image bearing an elliptical landing zone, a cross hair, and numbered features. One corner creased.

SIGNED and INSCRIBED at length by ALAN BEAN. In full: "Our first pinpoint landing, 19 November 1969, Alan Bean, Apollo 12 LMP. We (Pete and I) were descending towards Surveyor Caret (at the tip of the arrow) [which Bean has drawn on the photograph]. We thought Surveyor was in the shadow but we could not see it. We landed just to the upper right side. We still did not know for sure if Surveyor was there. When Pete go out [sic], he went around and looked, 'There it was.'"
Conrad and Bean did not formally name their landing site, though the intended touchdown point was nicknamed "Pete's Parking Lot" by Conrad. Bean mentions a pinpoint landing; unlike Apollo 11, this mission used a Doppler effect radar technique for a more precise touchdown. Lunar Module Intrepid landed within walking distance of the Surveyor 3 probe.
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