NASA has been collecting stunning imagery of the Moon’s surface using its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in the past decade. Now, the space agency shared a video showcasing numerous fascinating lunar landscape characteristics – all in glorious 4K.
The video clip is in fact the updated version of a Moon excursion that NASA released six years ago. In 2018, NASA used the wealth of information accumulated by the LRO to boost the resolution to 4K, while maintaining the same camera path. The outcome is essentially the most comprehensive glimpse at the Moon to date.
Making use of the data and images taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA has put together this remarkable tour of our Moon, revealing details of its surface, its North and South poles, its large craters, what may possibly lie under its crust, and places astronauts have been to.
“The tour visits a number of interesting sites chosen to illustrate a variety of lunar terrain features,” Ernie Wright of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio explains in a blog post. “Some are on the near side and are familiar to both professional and amateur observers on Earth, while others can only be seen clearly from space. Some are large and old (Orientale, South Pole-Aitken), others are smaller and younger (Tycho, Aristarchus). Constantly shadowed areas near the poles are hard to photograph but easier to measure with altimetry, while several of the Apollo landing sites, all relatively near the equator, have been imaged at resolutions as high as 25 centimeters (10 inches) per pixel.”
The soundtrack is by the Killers “Never Looking Back” and “Flying Over Turmoil” by Benjamin Krause & Scott Goodman. The video is actually public domain, for all you creatives out there. If you get excited by the recent influx of space news, check out the recent massive SpaceX launch of the world’s largest rocket.