LUNAR CHARTING FOR PROJECT APOLLO

Robert W. Carder and Samuel P. Scott

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Abstract: Maps and charts, the tools of a Navigator, are not only essential for navigation but for mission planning whether it be on land or water or even the orbiting of an astronaut through space. In a sense, when President Kennedy declare din a speech on 25 May 1961, that the National Space Program would include as a primary goal "the earliest practical achievement of manned lunar exploration," a mission was established which required charts of the moon. This announcement did not adversely affect teh plans of the USAF Aeronautical Chart and Information Center (ACIC). On the contrary, two years prior to this date ACIC had initiated a program to studey and collect lunar data that would be useful in charting the moon. With a manned lunar landing becoming an established and accepted space goal, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the agency responsible for the lunar mission, requested ACIC to continue its cartographic investigation of the moon with an ultimate objective of providing the necessary lunar charts for Project Apollo.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 13, Number 1
Pages: 49 - 58
Cite this article: Carder, Robert W., Scott, Samuel P., "LUNAR CHARTING FOR PROJECT APOLLO", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 1966, pp. 49-58.
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