Large Unexplained Object Captured in Lunar Orbiter 3 Image - Frame 3973 (1967)
This is one of my old archive lunar images which I first posted in 2014, and as technology has moved on regarding image analysis I thought I’d give it another run through, I wasn’t disappointed with the results.
When viewing lunar images I don’t know about you but I find this image so compelling in its authenticity and detail.
It was taken by the Lunar Orbiter 3 spacecraft
and launched by NASA in 1967 as part of the Lunar Orbiter Program. It was designed primarily to photograph areas of the lunar surface for confirmation of safe landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo missions.
In this image I think someone beat them to it, and landed a huge craft in comparison to the Apollo lunar landers.
The spacecraft was placed in a cislunar trajectory and injected into an elliptical near-equatorial lunar orbit on February 8 at 21:54 UT. The orbit was 210.2 by 1,801.9 kilometres (130.6 mi × 1,119.6 mi) with an inclination of 20.9 degrees and a period of 3 hours 25 minutes. After four days (25 orbits) of tracking the orbit was changed to 55 by 1,847 kilometres (34 mi × 1,148 mi). The spacecraft acquired photographic data from February 15th to 23rd February, 1967, and readout occurred through March 2nd, 1967.
The film advance mechanism strangely showed erratic unknown behaviour during this period resulting in a decision to begin readout of the frames earlier than planned.
The frames were read out successfully until March 4th when the film advance motor burned out, leaving about 25% of the frames on the takeup reel, unable to be read.
It would be interesting to get hold of that unseen data and images reel, basically to see what they would reveal...?
In the image after using enhancing techniques we can clearly see a large cylindrical shaped object sitting in one of the distant lunar craters which resembles some kind of craft, exhibiting a large fuselage structure, distinctly pointed at one end like a modern day aircraft cockpit and darkened windshield.
Along its fuselage structure detailed areas can clearly be seen giving defined detail and again characteristic shadows of light on a cylindrical metallic shape. Behind the object it is also exhibiting a distinct crisp shadow which follow the exact same contour of the object.
Along the object darker areas give the impression of air-intakes or possible access points.
What ever it is..? it is definitely large and distinctly different to its surroundings on the image, as always you decide.
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Mission: Lunar Orbiter 3
Altitude: 62.79 km
Sun Azimuth: 92.40°
Incident Angle: 83.35°
Emission Angle: 55.19°
Phase Angle: 101.30°
NASA LUNAR ORBITER IMAGE LINK:- https://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/lunarorbiter/frame/?3073