Subject: Blue flares in Apollo 14 Hasselblad Mag #66
The frame you'll be most familiar with (and no doubt most tempted to include as an illustration) is this one, AS14-66-9301. As I'm sure you know, this is one frame from the third of three 360° pans shot by CDR Alan Shepard. This pan encompassed frames 9294 thru 9316. Frames either side of 9301, AS14-66-9300 and AS14-66-9302, do not show the flare although they both include the same portion of the sky as does AS14-66-9301. It follows that this is not a real object having persistence over the time it takes to swing a camera through a small angle and release the shutter -- say, about one second.
Flares in the sky are, however, seen in these three frames, which show completely different parts of the sky:
It follows that, if this were a real object, it does have persistence and therefore should have been in 9300 and 9302.
No similar flares are seen on any film magazine other than #66. A catalog is available in the NASA Image Library for that magazine.
Are you beginning to suspect that what we have here is damage to that film roll? Suspicion turns to certainty when we notice the following additional flares:
AS14-66-9236. This is the very first frame of the first panorama, and here the flare is not in the sky but superimposed on the lunar surface.
AS14-66-9276. In this shot, the blue flare is splattered over the LM.
AS14-66-9345. This shot was part of a series taken after return to lunar orbit. The blue flare is clearly visible, removing all possible doubt that it does not represent anything real, suspended in the sky over the landing site.
AS14-66-9346. Ditto. The flare is reduced here, now appearing like a small scratch.
AS14-66-9348. Ditto. Only just visible in this frame.
I hope you will take account of these facts as you write your book.