|1970, Jan.: The Moon Issue. Historic first reports on the scientific analysis of Apollo 11 lunar samples published in Science magazine (vol. 167, No. 3918). This was the first (and only?) time that an entire issue of Science was devoted to a single topic. The publication schedule was so tight that manuscripts were received on Jan. 1, 1970 and were reviewed, revised, copy edited and sent to the printer for publication on Jan. 28!|
1970, Sept.: Luna 16 - first automated sample return, from Mare Fecunditatis (A)
1970, Oct.: Zond 8 - more lunar and Earth photos returned to Earth (F, ER)
|1970 , Nov.: Luna 17 - first remotely controlled rover (Lunokhod 1) explored 10 km of Mare Imbrium (R). Spacecraft design seemed inspired by Jules Verne!|
1970: John M Logsdon: The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest. Classic study of the political issues that dominated considerations about approving the Apollo missions. If you thought Apollo was about science, this book will set you straight!
1970: Thomas A Mutch: Geology of the Moon: A Stratigraphic View. Well crafted overview of the USGS stratigraphic perspective of the Moon; pre-Apollo, but one of the best written books about the Moon. This was offered for $7 in 1998, a much undervalued price!
1970: L.J. Kosofsky and Farouk El-Baz: The Moon as Viewed by Lunar Orbiter.A rip-off bookseller asked $75 for this NASA published picture book in 1998, while an autographed copy went for $29 in 1999.
1970: Apollo 11 Symposium-Special Papers. 122 page special issue with 11 papers. Journal of Geophysical Research 75, 6453-6574.
1970: Val A Firsoff: The Old Moon and the New. Despite its title - and photos from Apollo 11 - this book is really just the old Moon. Firsoff, a crusty member of the British Astronomical Association, believed the same things he did 10 years before Apollo: lunar craters are volcanic in origin and puffs of gases sometimes escape - he does tone down his previous ideas of vegetation. $15 in 1998.
1971, Feb.: Apollo 14 - exploration of Imbrium ejecta at Fra Mauro (H)
1971, July: Apollo 15 - first car on Moon at Hadley Rille (H)
1971, Sept.: Luna 19 - high resolution photography and mapping of the lunar gravity field (O)
1971: Phillips: Moon Map.
1971: Wilhelms, Donald E & John F McCauley: Geologic Map of the Near Side of the Moon. US Geological Survey, USGS Map I-703. A completely new mapping by the USGS’s most experienced lunar mappers. The map and accompanying text (essentially done by 1969 and laced with ashflows and highland volcanism) was, with Mutch’s 1970 book, the summary of the best pre-Apollo understanding of the Moon. Well, actually Baldwin (1949) was still conceptually the best!
1971: DE Bowker & JK Hughes: Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon . The only (quasi-) accessible collection of Orbiter 4 photos of the front of the Moon; should be reissued as a CD.
|1971: GL Gutschewski, DC Kinsler & EA Whitaker: Atlas and Gazetteer of the Near Side of the Moon. NASA SP-241. It is amazing that NASA published two very similar atlases based on Lunar Orbiter photos in 1971. This book featured nomenclature of lunar craters - it included corrections that Ewen Whitaker and I provided based on The System of Lunar Craters and the re-cataloging of the Moon we were doing based on Orbiter IV images.||
1971: Z Kopal: A New Photographic Atlas of the Moon. London. This must have been the year of the lunar atlas! This one includes telescopic images from Pic du Midi in France and some Orbiter images. Offered for $18 and $25 in 1998.
1972, Feb.: Luna 20 - second automated sample return, from Apollonius (A)
1972, Apr.: Apollo 16 - first and only astronaut trip to highlands at the unusual site of Descartes (H)
1972, Dec.: Apollo 17 - last humans to visit the Moon; first PhD scientist, at edge of Mare Serenitatis (H)
1972: NASA On the Moon with Apollo 17.
1972: Unmanned Space Project Management: Surveyor and Lunar Orbiter. NASA SP-4901. A short book describing how these two Apollo precursor programs were put together. Now online at the NASA History Office.
1972: A Rükl: Maps of Lunar Hemispheres. Dordrect. The first maps ever to show the Moon as seen from all six sides (N, S, E, W, Earthside, Farside). Also published in Prague, Czechoslovakia as Mapy Mésícních Polokoulí.
1973, Nov.: Mariner 10 - nearly forgotten photos of south polar region by spacecraft in route to Venus and Mercury (F)
1974, Aug: Luna 24 - last sample return mission, from Mare Crisium (A)
1974: Z Kopal & RW Carder: Mapping of the Moon: Past and Present, Dordrect.
1975: Stuart Ross Taylor: Lunar Science: A Post-Apollo View - The first modern scientific book on the Moon, organized by topics rather than geography.
1975: Edgar M. Cortright: Apollo Expeditions to the Moon - A colorful NASA Special Publication (NASA SP-350) documenting the Apollo program; outrageously offered for $80 in 1999.
1976: Peter H Schultz: Moon Morphology - Massive collection of lunar orbiter photos with extensive captions, all focused on geologic processes.
1977: Bevan French: The Moon Book - A charmingly told tale of what was learned of the Moon from Apollo. A good read even today.
1977: R. Cargill Hall: Lunar Impact: A History of Project Ranger - NASA SP-4210; $75 price in 1999. This is now online at the NASA History Office web site.
1978, 1990: The Moon- (map) published by Hallwag. Nearside is photographic composite and farside is somewhat stylized drawing. 1990 edition is available for $14.