Dedication: To Di and HP, the sources of my serenity;
and to the memory of my uncle, Leslie M. Jones,
who explored the upper atmosphere with rocket-borne instruments
and excited my interest in space.
The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is a record of the lunar surface operations conducted by the six pairs of astronauts who landed on the Moon from 1969 through 1972. The Journal is intended as a resource for anyone wanting to know what happened during the missions and why. It includes a corrected transcript of all recorded conversations between the lunar surface crews and Houston. The Journal also contains extensive, interwoven commentary by the Editor and by ten of the twelve moonwalking astronauts.
This 23 December 2010 release of the Journal contains all of the text for the six successful landing missions as well as many photos, maps, equipment drawings, background documents, voice tracks, and video clips which, we hope, will help make the lunar experience more accessible and understandable.
The Journal is, in Neil Armstrong's words, a "living document". The Journal Update File details recent additions, changes and corrections. E-mail messages to
concerning typos, factual errors, or general comments are always gratefully received.
The corrected transcript, commentary, and other text incorporated in the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is protected by copyright. No portion of the Journal may be reproduced or copied onto any medium (except as required by browsing software) without express permission from the author. Specifically, the unauthorized creation of personal copies, or of copies for sale is prohibited. Unauthorized commercial use of the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal is prohibited; and the commercial use of the name or likeness of any of the astronauts without his express permission is prohibited.
The United States Government retains a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish or reproduce the published form of the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, or to allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.
Regular journal readers would be best to view the journal using a current version of one of the commonly used Web browsers - such as Firefox - as the journal makes use of some of the newer multimedia features. A current version of QuickTime or its equivalent is needed to play the video clips; and Real Media Player can be used to stream audio and video clips. In some circumstances, multimedia files which may not open with a reader's default software can be opened and played with VLC (VideoLAN Client). Free downloads are available for all these players.
- Apollo Flight Journal, the excellent companion to the ALSJ by David Woods and the AFJ team;
- Journal de la Surface Lunaire (en Français);
- Journal der Monderkundung (auf Deutsch);
- Apollo Image Gallery, quick access to high-res scans of mission photos, edited by Kipp Teague;
- Apollo Bibliography, websites, books, and other resources.
- ALSJ on Facebook
Now you've read all the preliminary information,
click on NASA's Apollo 40th Anniversary Patch
to the right of this message to take you to the main homepage of the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal.
Page design by Gordon Roxburgh and Brian Lawrence.
Regretably, the ALSJ DVD-ROM is no longer available. Production was by Ken Glover and proofreading by Thierry Bisiaux, Derek Henderson, Harald Kucharek, Brian Lawrence, Ulli Lotzmann, Colin Mackellar, Ken MacTaggart, Don McMillan, Frank O'Brien, John Pfannerstill, Jim Scotti, Roland Speth, Kipp Teague, and David Woods
NASA Host: Steve Garber
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Last revised 14 October 2012.