Structures Near Vitruvius?

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I think among some of the best Apollo imagery, the Apollo panoramics that were shot of the Taurus / Littrow valley and the surrounding areas near Vitruvius crater, are perhaps the very best. The solid exposures and unique topography of the area make for a really interesting series of images. The series I’m referring to is from about AS17-P-2300 to AS17-P-2321 taken during orbit 15. I have posted a number of images in the forum from this particular series (below).

Image AS17-P-2301 taken near Littrow F and Vitruvius A, is of course, no exception. The image itself has many isolated patches of darker terrain which are similar to the image below cropped from the NASA/JSC/Arizona State University tif tile 5. In the center of the cropped image is a step “C” shaped platform with slightly higher elevation on one side, slightly lower on the other.

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(Above image processed from the NASA/JSC/Arizona Stae University AS17-P-2301 raw tif tile 5.)

On the platform, there appear to be structures resembling buildings. The largest structure visible (below, center) appears as if it might have an A-frame construction design. Other structures appear more traditionally square and a couple of structures appear to have tipped over. (Below, center left).

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(Above image processed from the NASA/JSC/Arizona State University AS17-P-2301 raw tif tile 5.)

Below, also from AS17-P-2301, an odd arrangement of structures and objects resembling statues casting a shadow on the lunar suface behind them.

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(Above image processed from the NASA/JSC/Arizona State University AS17-P-2301 raw tif tile 5.)

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Todd did a great job reworking these images from the .img and .lbl files over at the PDS.  I am sure someone has found this before but it was new to me for sure.  I didn't know what to call this video!  Best sand castle on Mars?   There are so many what look to be manufactured items on these two images that they were totally worth a video if you ask me!  I am trying to bring you all the best and boy do we have a couple saved up for you!  Much love to everyone as I have been busy with work and around the house and haven't had time to put as many videos as I want out.  I am going to bring the stuff that I really enjoy for now and this year after the new year I will be back to where I can publish more!   So what did I miss on here?  I have a bunch of great enhanced images on the article for this one.



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