Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Status 11 November 2013

Status, near end of day November 11, 2013

Christopher reminded me with his question to note something to the group. We literally have dozens of Lunar Orbiter V images that are not in the LPI database at www.lpi.usra.edu. I, like most everyone else that deals with lunar images loves their dataset and have used it ever since it came on line in the 1990's. Without their work, our work would have been ten times harder, especially during our learning period.

This may be our payback to them in that we welcome them, when we get our images done, to mirror the ones that we are capturing now. There is a lot of interesting stuff in these images. I have no idea why they are not in the LPI database but soon we all can see these marvelous 45 year old images!

We had some computer problems this morning and we have had some pretty long captures so have not done a ton of tapes today. We will end at M5-069. We are officially on the final readout and Austin has finished our handy dandy notebook that incorporates all of the frame lets captured so far from Goldstone and Woomera that makes my job of avoiding a lot of overlapping captures easier.

Today we have.....

M5-058, not needed, overlaps with W5-085
M5-059, partial capture LOV-202H (completes image with overlap of W5-086)
M5-060, complete capture LOV-200M, partial capture 201H
M5-061, not needed, overlaps with W5-085
M5-062, not needed, overlaps with W5-086
M5-063, head clogs, will rerun after baking the tape
M5-064, complete capture LOV-199M, 200H, partial capture 198M
M5-065, partial capture LOV-198M (completes image), complete capture 199H
M5-066, complete capture LOV-197M, 198H
M5-067, complete capture LOV-196M
M5-068, partial capture LOV-194M
M5-069, partial capture LOV-194M (completes image), complete capture 195H

Status, morning of November 11, 2013

Here is the tape recap for the last few days.

M5-023, not needed, overlaps with W5-145,146
M5-024, not needed, overlaps with W5-143
M5-025, not needed, overlaps with W5-143,144
M5-026, not needed, overlaps with W5-134,135
M5-027, not needed, overlaps with W5-135,136
M5-028, not needed, overlaps with W5-139, G5-032,033
M5-029, partial capture, LOV-106H (completes image, overlaps with G5-111)
M5-030, not needed, overlaps with G5-111
M5-031, partial capture LOV-109H
M5-032, partial capture LOV-109H (completes image)
M5-033, complete capture LOV-107M, partial capture 108H
M5-034, partial capture LOV-112H
M5-035, partial capture LOV-112H (completes image), complete capture 110M, partial capture 111H (overlaps with G5-037 [I think])
M5-036, partial capture LOV-132M, complete capture 133H (overlaps with G5-100)
M5-037, partial capture, LOV-131M (completes image with an overlap with G5-101)
M5-038, partial capture LOV-130M (completes image with an overlap with G5-102)
M5-039, complete capture LOV-137H
M5-040, complete capture LOV-135M,136H
M5-041, complete capture LOV-134M, 135H
M5-042, not needed, overlaps with G5-098
M5-043, not needed, overlaps with G5-044
M5-044, captured earlier in 2013, Copernicus megaimage
M5-045, captured earlier in 2013, Copernicus megaimage
M5-046, captured earlier in 2013, Copernicus megaimage
M5-047, captured earlier in 2013, Copernicus megaimage
M5-048, captured earlier in 2013, Copernicus megaimage
M5-049, captured earlier in 2013, Copernicus megaimage
M5-050, complete capture LOV-162H (overlaps with G5-086)
M5-051, partial capture LOV-160M (completes image with an overlap with G5-087)
M5-052, partial capture LOV-160H (completes image with an overlap of two G5 tapes G5-088,089)
M5-053, not needed, overlaps with G5-077
M5-054, not needed, overlaps with G5-078
M5-055, partial capture LOV-185M (completes image with an overlaps of G5-079)
M5-056, complete capture LOV-196M, 197H
M5-057, complete capture LOV-195M, 196H

As those who read this page often can see, my surmise was right about being able to skip many Madrid tapes. Many of the tapes that I played that are partial captures of one medium image only required the capture of a few frame lets as many times those were missed on the other ground station captures.

All of the tapes above for Madrid were from the priority readout, that is when the film is moving from the lower numbered to the higher numbered images as further images were being taken. Today with the tapes we will start reversing this to the final readout where the image numbers will decline. This means that there are about 100 tapes for the final readout, meaning that there will be a lot of overlaps not only with Woomera and Goldstone, but from previous Madrid tapes as well. Knowing the mentality of contractors this was by design only because they figured that they had so much money and time left on the contract and that this would be a good way to maximize the acquisition of funds from the government. I would bet quite a lot that this is why LOV has 150% of the tapes of the previous missions as it is easy to see that there is a lot of redundant data here. Not to complain from a historical context, but interesting to note nonetheless.

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