APOLLO 1961 SPECIAL STUDY of MOON SURFACE Precursor to the Apollo Program 3 Maps

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This is USGS Map I-351, "Engineer Special Study of the Surface of the Moon" This was the first attempt at serious geologic mapping of the moon. This monumental four-sheet set covers the geology of the entire near side of the moon and is an important precursor to the rest of the lunar geology mapping efforts. This exceptionally rare publication predates the Apollo missions, but was probably prepared with the Apollo program in mind. Kennedy made his speech to Congress on May 25, 1961, and this was published, if my research is correct, in the fall of that year. Interestingly, the note at the bottom of the maps says "First Printing July 1960 by Army Map Service for Office, Chief of Engineers, Department of the Army. Published 1961 by Geological Survey with minor revision." I'm no historian of the Apollo program, but I take this as a clear indication that the moon missions were being planned a good while before they were ever announced. It puts the Cold War dimension of the program in a bit clearer context. At the least this map set is important as a historical marker of the time when serious attention began to be paid to the idea of manned lunar exploration. This set consists of three large full-color maps, an accompanying large table, and the original
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