In order to provide views of their surroundings in context, the moonwalkers intentionally took series of slightly overlapping pictures, such as these series by Pete Conrad, which could be pasted together into panoramas for later study by geologists and researchers.

Conrad took this panorama of the landing site, facing the 4 o’clock side of the LM Intrepid, from a spot close to the TV camera, 15 m north east of the LM. The 360° view shows Alan Bean behind the S-band antenna inspecting the LM and working at the MESA (Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly); the S-band antenna; Conrad’s shadow; the American flag; the TV camera, which like many Apollo artifacts, remains on the surface; the rising Sun at Ocean of Storms Base and Surveyor Crater. The Surveyor III robotic spacecraft is not visible, caught in the shadow on the wall of Surveyor Crater.

This panorama really shows just how precise the landing was, being just a few feet from the edge of the target crater. (Constantine, pp. 32-36)

“The 12 men who walked on the moon had to reckon with a problem no photographers in history ever had before: how to manage sunlight that streams straight to the camera with no intervening atmosphere to soften and color it.”

—Jeffrey Kluger, Time magazine editor and author

From the mission transcript when the panoramic sequence was taken:

116:25:44 Conrad:

Okay, Houston, two of the pans are done.

116:25:49 Gibson (Mission Control):

Roger, Pete. Copy. Two pans. Al, how was the LM inspection?

116:25:56 Bean:

I’m working on it right now.