This is the Web Edition of "A Trip Into Space", a Coimbra-based electronic book on space science. Both the texts and the photos are by courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Moon
Close-Up Color Image Of The Orange Soil At Shorty Crater

Apollo 17 surface photo showing orange soil discovered during the 2nd EVA near Shorty Crater at the Taurus-Littrow landing site on the Moon. Upon close examination on Earth, the soil was seen to contain many orange volcanic glass particles, giving it its distinctive color. The tripod at left center is a gnomon and photographic reference chart. This picture was taken on 12 December 1972. (Apollo 17, AS17-137-20990)

Last Update: 2004-Nov-27