Lunar Object Thought to be Apollo 10 Debris, Taken First by Apollo 8

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There are three Apollo 10 70mm frames which show some kind of debris above the Moon. The frame identification numbers are AS10-28-3988, AS10-28-3989 and AS10-28-3990. The pictures were taken just above the far side crater of Ventris. The notes on the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal reference that the object is "almost certainly" a piece of mylar insulation that tore off from the top hatch as mentioned by John Young at 118:41:31. To me, the object resembles a chunk of dry wall. Below are crops from each frame showing the object in question.

as10 28 3988crp

NASA original here

as10 28 3989crp

NASA original here

as10 28 3990crp

NASA original here

I myself, in the past, had thought that the explaination was fairly resonable, or I thought it might have been a piece of accumulated ice from the spacecraft. Well, it appears it's not. Below is an Apollo 8 70mm hasselblad shot (AS08-13-2319) of the far side crater Aitken, the deepest crater on the moon located along the northern rim of the south pole. Below is a small version processed from the NASA/JSC/ASU raw tif scan.

AS08 13 2319

NASA/JSC/Arizona State University original 

When I originally looked at the Apollo 8 scan full frame, I noticed a prominent white spec in the upper right corner. When enlarged, you probably already guessed, it appears to be the same rogue object that was taken by Apollo 10 about five months later. A larger, enhanced version from the NASA/JSC/ASU scan below.

AS08 13 2319crp

NASA/JSC/Arizona State University original

 Update 06/01/16:

I rotated the cropped version of AS08-13-2319 180° and turned it backwards to match the Apollo 10 perspective of the object (below). It's likely the Apollo 8 image shows the opposite side. Compare this one with the cropped version of AS10-28-3988 (top). The object appears to hover somewhere between the craters Ventris and the westen edge of Aitken on the Lunar far side. 

AS08 13 2319crpps


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Thank you to Todd who is one of our forum moderators at for sharing this one in the forum.  I am sure others have found this before although NASA sure did hide it well in the Black and White footage on their website.  Making it harder for the public to see things like that if it wasn't for people like Todd and oh so many more going through the 100 percent lossless files as well as the 8 bit versions of them that come directly from the rover.   It takes us six months to between PDS dumps which often have older images on them as well.   So let me know what you think below?  Artifact or Natural?  My mind isn't made up on this one yet!

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