MASSIVE APOLLO 17 LUNAR SURFACE RELIEF MAP.
High-relief topographical map depicting the dramatic terrain of the Apollo 17 landing site at Taurus-Littrow, produced by the Defense Mapping Agency Topographic Center for NASA, plastic, 30 x 38 inches. 1:40,0000 scale. Elaborately framed to archival standards in broad solid walnut shadow-box type frame. With shipping crate.
A striking high-relief map of the lunar surface, showing the valley TaurusLittrow. SIGNED by GENE CERNAN at the Apollo 17 landing site with "Apollo XVII."
The landing region at Taurus-Littrow is dominated by impressive North and South Massifs that rise well over a mile above the landing site (greater than the depth of the Grand Canyon). It was selected as the Apollo 17 landing site because it fulfilled objectives of sampling highland material and young volcanic material in the same location. Several landmarks are noted on the map including "Bear Mountain," named after a mountain near Harrison Schmitt's home town of Silver City, New Mexico. Another area is named "Tortilla Flats," commemorating John Steinbeck. Cernan often refers to his three day stay on the moon as his "Camelot"the crater next to Challenger bears this name. Given its size and nature, this period map must represent a rare survival.