Stories tagged Apollo

The Mythbusters are taking on moon landing conspiracy theorists. And, y'know, if the Mythbusters say it's all true, that's good enough for me.

Jul
18
2009

Apollo 14's remains: Even higher resolution images will be coming from the LRO, when it enters a lower orbit soon.
Apollo 14's remains: Even higher resolution images will be coming from the LRO, when it enters a lower orbit soon.Courtesy NASA
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is NASA's satellite orbiting the moon right now to give us all a much more detailed picture of our nearest space neighbor. Just in time for the 40 anniversary of the moon landing, the LRO has passed by several of the Apollo mission landing spots. In the best photograph you can actually still see the footsteps between the remains of the landing vehicle and the scientific instruments. It's so cool to see the path worn into the lunar landscape still there on this windless world.

Aug
08
2007

So clear, you can taste the cheese: This image from the Apollo 15 mission is presented here with less than 1% of the resolution the new scans will offer.  Image from NASA / University of Arizona.
So clear, you can taste the cheese: This image from the Apollo 15 mission is presented here with less than 1% of the resolution the new scans will offer. Image from NASA / University of Arizona.

The University of Arizona is working with NASA to put all the original photographs from the Apollo moon missions on-line, free and available to the public. The original images have rarely been seen—they are irreplaceable, so NASA keeps them under lock and key in a deep-freeze. Fuzzy, second-generation prints is all most of us have ever seen.

But now, thanks to digital technology, high-resolution scans can be made. And I do mean high: resolution will range up to 200 pixels/mm (the Internet displays pictures at about 3 pixels/mm), and file size up to 12 gigabytes. The resolution is so fine, you can actually see the original photographic grain.

Some 36,000 images in all will be scanned. The project is expected to take three years to complete.