DAY 4 - July 19, 1969

Approaching the Moon

Summary of Events:
Event
First communication of the day 069:10:24
Second wake-up call 071:03:30
Pericynthion plus 2 contingency PAD 072:20:24
Lunar Orbit Insertion-1 PAD 072:51:24
P52 per the landing site REFSMMAT 073:42:29
TEI-1 and TEI-4 contingency PADs 073:59:46

In all, the crew appears to have made 44 attempts to take images of the solar corona. Many of the available scans are very dark but the following six are a selection of those images that have something to show

AS11-42/6167 - Solar corona appearing from behind the Moon. Image by LPI.
AS11-42/6168 - Fogged image of the solar corona appearing from behind the Moon. Image by LPI.
AS11-42/6179 - Solar corona appearing from behind the Moon. Lunar features appear to be visible illuminated by Earth's light, particularly Mare Imbrium and the ray systems of Copernicus and Kepler. Image by LPI.
AS11-42/6195 - Solar corona appearing from behind the Moon. Image by LPI.
AS11-42/6200 - One of the shorter exposures of the solar corona appearing from behind the Moon. Image by LPI.
AS11-42/6202 - Solar corona appearing from behind the Moon. Image by LPI.

TV transmission from the spacecraft begins at 078:23:55, very soon after AOS. The landscape is lit by a near vertical Sun so only albedo details are visible. There is almost no sense of the landscape's topography.