At the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first step on the moon are a worthy trigger for celebration and one factor that is developing into apparent this week is NASA is excellent at celebrating. On Wednesday, the space agency revisited a slew of unbelievable panoramas that showcase the magnificent desolation of the moon in putting excessive definition.
NASA imagery specialist Warren Harold, figuring out of Johnson Space Center, has digitally stitched together 70-millimeter Hasselblad frames of the Apollo missions 50 years in the past. With a number of minor touches, we get the beautiful photographs of the moon.
One particular panorama, of Apollo 17’s landing site in the Taurus-Littrow valley, actually struck a chord with Apollo 17 geologist Harrison Schmitt, according to NASA. Schmitt remarked it’s “one of the more spectacular natural scenes in the solar system.” After seeing the wonderful picture (under), it is hard to not agree.
A 360-degree picture of the Apollo 17 landing site is out there at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Facebook page, so you may spin around on the moon, get dizzy on the moon and then throw up on the moon.
The starless sky might lead some conspiracy theorists to cry “FAKE!” however NASA’s picture specialists intentionally blacked out the lunar horizon and eliminated some lens flares from the panoramas to more precisely replicate the observations of those that walked there. The lunar surface, they are saying, is so reflective it makes it tough to see the stars of the cosmos.