Moon ~ Apennine Hadley
Hadley Rille Image - Courtesy of NASA
Apollo 15 landing site. This sinuous lunar rille follows a course generally to the northeast, toward the Mons Hadley peak, for which it is named. This feature is centered at selenographic coordinates 25.0° N, 3.0° E, and lies within a diameter of 80 km. It begins at the crater Béla, an elongated formation with the long axis oriented to the northwest.
Hadley Region Topographic Map
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
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Apennine Hadley Region Available Lot Map
NOTE: I-723_2 is located in Montes Apenninus Quad I-463
This map is a closeup detail of a larger area
The available lots for this detail are found on
56 Lots Available in this region
NOTE: Temporarily on Hold as this is the Apollo 15 Landing Site
Credit: John T. Fountain Sr
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Apennine Hadley Region History
Site of the Apollo 15 Landing
Jim Irwin and the LRV from Apollo 15, with Mons Hadley in the background
15 Postage Stamp Incident
An original Apollo 15 postal cover flown to the lunar surface by Dave Scott, Jim Irwin and Al Worden in 1971.
The cover and its accompanying insert card are affixed to a Peachstate Historical Consulting, Inc. presentation
certificate designed by David Frohman
The crew of Apollo 15 took 398 unauthorized commemorative postage stamp covers with them on their trip to the Moon (400 were printed, but two were damaged and destroyed prior to being packaged), with the understanding that, when they returned, 100 of the covers were to be sold to the German stamp dealer who provided them. Those 100 covers are known today by philatelists as the "Sieger covers", named such after the dealer, Hermann Sieger. The remaining 298 covers were to be kept by the crew members as souvenirs but were later confiscated by NASA when the public sale of Sieger's covers was discovered soon after the mission. The crew's 298 covers were not returned until 1983, after the astronauts filed suit against the government for their return, citing NASA's partnership with the U.S. Postal Service to sell covers flown on the Space Shuttle.
Although taking souvenirs into space was not illegal nor prohibited by NASA at the time—the Apollo 15 crew had 243 authorized covers on board in addition to the 398 unauthorized covers—the discovery of the Sieger covers' sale caused Congress to take notice and led to NASA taking disciplinary action against several Apollo astronauts, including Apollo 15 commander David Scott, who admitted to carrying the stamps, and Jack Swigert, who was not involved in the incident directly but was less than forthcoming when asked to provide information to investigators about the practice of carrying souvenirs aboard spacecraft. Scott was already working on the docking system for the upcoming Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Apollo 15 crewmember Alfred Worden was reassigned to a non-flight role within NASA and crewmember James Irwin resigned to pursue a Christian ministry in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Congressional questioning of NASA officials over the affair was a further source of embarrassment for the agency.
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