Apollo Moon photos reveal detail

Highly detailed photographs of the Moon taken by the Apollo missions are being made available to the public for the first time in more than 30 years. Photos taken on the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions in the 1970s showed the Moon in great detail but were only ever viewed by a few scientists. Since then they have been locked away in freezers by Nasa to preserve them. Arizona State University is now making them available from the internet after using high resolution scanners.

"We're scanning the pictures in a very high bit resolution - 14 bits - which means that for each pixel, you have about 16,000 shades of grey," Mark Robinson, a professor of Geological Sciences and the principal investigator on the project, told BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme. "A typical scan of a negative or film is eight bits. So it's not only that we're scanning this at a very high pixel resolution - showing detail to five millionths of a metre - but it's also a high bit resolution, because we want to preserve as much of the original information as possible."

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Haha... Only NASA calls a 5 806 x 5 806 pixel image "Small PNG". :D

For amateur use, it would be interesting if they could publish pictures not only pointing point blank at the surface, like on vehicles and astronauts. Although I understand if the scientific interest may be greater for those surface shots.

When you consider that a picture of North Korea my old roommate downloaded was 16000 x 16000, 5806 is on the smaller side. :P

Of course, seeing the Kinkos printout was beautiful because all the detail was there.

SixofTen said,
lol @ people who still hold on to the silly ideas of a faked moon landing.

Look, I believe we went. But it's not something to close your mind to when you see all the contradicting evidence.

Mike Frett said,

Look, I believe we went. But it's not something to close your mind to when you see all the contradicting evidence.


There is no contradicting evidence. Only illinformed people making bad assumptions and basing their calculations on blatantly wrong data. Anyone that thinks otherwise knows nothing.

jbrunt1990 said,
+ 2 - The moon landings are without a doubt fake

I don't think you are + anything, the first guy was sarcastc form his smiley, and the second guy was definately not a plus one

CCRATA said,

There is no contradicting evidence. Only illinformed people making bad assumptions and basing their calculations on blatantly wrong data. Anyone that thinks otherwise knows nothing.

I think that your a little blinkered yourself, take a look at Astronauts Gone Wild - An investigation into the authenticity of the moon landings, it came out in 2004 and you might just change your mind. Ignore the 'Gone Wild' bit its not about their celebration parties these are interviews with all the pilots/astronauts.

craybox said,

I think that your a little blinkered yourself, take a look at Astronauts Gone Wild - An investigation into the authenticity of the moon landings, it came out in 2004 and you might just change your mind. Ignore the 'Gone Wild' bit its not about their celebration parties these are interviews with all the pilots/astronauts.


One sided data in a video documentary can make anything seem plausible. If you filter out the bad info and look at the real data you will see that the documentary is a bunch of fud.

miguel_montes said,

It's nice to see you still live in the 50's.

Nobody in the 50's argued whether or not the moon landings were faked.

you mean, they went there before the 1960's right?

lol

if the usa faked the moon landings don't you think the soviet russia back then wouldn't of kicked up a fuss?

No I'd say they faked the first landing to show that the USA was better that the USSR, and they could not prove the US wrong unless they either 1. went to the moon or 2. found the 'earth' moon landing site.

The USSR would not be stupid enough to just say that the USA made a fake landing publicly without any evidence even if they new it was true.

If it was faked, they probably faked the first one, and then really landed later on one of the 'return missions.'

14 bits is boring, i want to see a 9,000 gigapixel picture at 2 gig (thats 2 gigs per pixel... hmmm oh wow... insanity more shades of gray than exist! Even if there are an infinite possibility of combinations!!) x)

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