Apollo Saturn LM Adapter Optical Targets
  • Complete set of four optical target scales used in aligning the Saturn Lunar Module Adapter (SLA) during stacking on the Saturn V or Saturn 1B launch vehicle.
  • The crew operating the crane would sight the scales through telescopes, which would reverse the image to show the numbers correctly.
  • The scales would be removed before flight.
  • The “-Z” scale can be seen in the Apollo 12 stacking photo below.
  • The scales have obvious signs of use, perhaps from more than one Apollo launch.

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Photo above shows the Apollo 12 spacecraft being raised to the top of the Saturn V launch vehicle. A SLA alignment optical target can be seen at the base of the SLA, above the LM leg (see enlargement below). Note the large white “-Z” orientation marking at the top of the launch vehicle. (NASA photo)

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