When public land in New Mexico stood in for the Moon

The Río Grande Gorge, located in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Photo by Derrick Henry/BLM.
Dave Scott trained in New Mexico, at the Río Grande Gorge, on March 11 and 12 in 1971. Photo by NASA.
Dave Scott (right) and Jim Irwin (left) driving the Geologic Rover (aka Grover) along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge near Taos, New Mexico, their training March 11–12, 1971. At this location, the Gorge is about the same width as Hadley Rille, where Apollo 15 landed. During this training exercise, Dave and Jim conducted a geologic investigation similar to the one they later did at Hadley Rille. Photo by NASA.
Bighorn sheep on the West Rim of the Río Grande Gorge, located in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Photo by Derrick Henry BLM.
Jim Irwin (right) and Dave Scott examine the interior of the Río Grande Gorge from the west rim during their training March 11–12, 1971. Photo by NASA.
Dave Scott (right) and Jim Irwin (left) driving the Geologic Rover (aka Grover) along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge near Taos, New Mexico, their training March 11–12, 1971. At this location, the Gorge is about the same width as Hadley Rille, where Apollo 15 landed. During this training exercise, Dave and Jim conducted a geologic investigation similar to the one they later did at Hadley Rille. Photo by NASA.

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