NCIS SB017 Lunar Orbit
The passengers and crew gather around the portholes, looking down on the Moon's surface. They are passing over the far side of the Moon.
They go through the undock procedure, separating the lander and transfer module from the tug.
NCIS SB017 Lunar Orbit
[I imagine there will be some dialog here as they all take in the sights. Here I'm just showing where their orbit track takes them. Digitante 23:50, 11 June 2010 (UTC)]
The passengers and crew gather around the portholes, looking down on the Moon's surface. They are passing over the far side of the Moon (this is probably a later orbit, by the way -- we've contracted time again). Their path takes them past some of the following landmarks: Korolev -- a large shallow crater depression with many craters within it; Birkeland (a mid-sized, well-defined crater) with Van De Graff, an oblong crater on the northern horizon; to the south from there are Leibnitz and Von Karman -- large adjacent shallow craters. Their furthest southern excursion is over Koch crater (42 S x 150 E). They then return north, heading over: Ramsey (small but well defined, near Koch); Roche & Pauli to the South; many smaller craters; a large basin called Milne; Tsiolkovsky is probably too far north to see, but they might look for it.
They should pass right over Sklodowska crater, a large, marea-filled basin, just about as the Earth rises. On the near side: Ansgarius and La Perouse (a smallish, but pretty crater with a strong central peak). With Langrenus at the edge of the Sea of Fertility, they should pass over the equator almost exactly at a small, well-defined mare crater called "Webb". Then they will go over the highlands between the Sea of Fertility (to the south) and the Sea of Crises (to the north). Passing the "Marsh of Sleep"/"Palus Sonni", they will then pass over Littrow crater with the Taurus mountains to the northeast -- this puts them very near the Apollo 17 landing site in "Taurus-Littrow".
This is just about the time they will go through their undock procedure, separating the lander and transfer module from the tug. This is a fairly complex mechanical procedure that I will storyboard.
In the lander stack, they will then pass on the northern extents of the Sea of Serenity, over the Caucausus Mountains and Cassini crater. This takes them into the "Sea of Rains"/"Mare Imbrium" -- which is their new home stomping grounds. To the north is Plato crater.
MUSIC: Lunar Orbit excerpt from "Bellatrix" by "J.T. Bruce" from "Universica"
Dialog. Radio chatter. Foley. Spacecraft interior ambience.