Geology Field Trips
Apollo astronauts were responsible for collecting geological specimens (rocks and sediment) from the moon's surface. Scientists on Earth would analyze and perform tests on the moon samples. The field trips allowed the astronauts to learn how complete their scientific missions on the moon, specifically how to map geologic information, determine what specimens to collect, and how to take seismic, magnetic, and gravitational measurements. Other field trips let astronauts to practice driving the Lunar Roving Vehicle in craters and other terrain similar to what the moon's surface. The astronauts visited Meteor Crater, AZ, Valles Crater, NM, Sunset Crater, AZ, Bend, OR, Marathon Basin, TX, Philmont Range, NM, and Cinder Lake Crater Field, AZ.
Special thanks to Michele Kloda of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for her help finding photos for the Celestial Training pages.
1969 Neil Armstrong