LIFE, 6 June 1969, pg. 36

This mesmerizing photograph was taken through the 250mm telephoto lens by Eugene Cernan during the 18th revolution around the Moon as the spacecraft was approaching the nearside terminator.

The 11-km long and 2.3-km deep Crater Schmidt lies to the west of the landing site chosen for Apollo 11 (latitude / longitude: 1° N / 19.5° E). Its wall is dramatically lit by a low-sun angle. The most notable features of Schmidt are the sharp rim, ray pattern, relatively rough floor, and surrounding hummocky terrain. Numerous boulders, easily resolvable on a photograph of this scale and quality, can be seen in the area surrounding the crater and on the crater floor. Most of these boulders range in size from 68 to 122m. (NASA SP-246, pg. 81)

From the mission transcript when the photograph was taken:

110:43:14 Stafford:

OK, Houston. If Jack Schmitt’s still there, we’re passing over the crater. We got it named after him. It’s right past Ritter and Sabine, and right here you can see some tremendous boulders down on the outside rim, there. They’re great big white ones. I’d say they’re, oh, to see it from this altitude here - and they got long shadows on them, they’re at least about a hundred feet or more in diameter. And down near the bottom, you can see where the sides are slumping in. It’s more like the tailings off a mine. And the sides are white and gray. You can see fractured structure in there, too. We got some pictures of it. Over.