Have you ever really gone somewhere if you don’t bring back good pictures?
Well, yes, of course you have. Still, it’s good to haul out the camera-equipped futurephone and grab a couple of quick snaps as something to share when you get back.
Or, in the case of NASA, you could launch a hideously complex, astoundingly expensive camera at the moon and then set it into orbit, gaining some of the most thoroughly researched photos of our closest celestial neighbor.
Not exactly a few cameraphone snaps, but it’ll do.
Even better, some researchers at Arizona State University performed some complex calculations and created an algorithm that would allow them to stitch together the photographic mapping information of the moon gained by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2009, and combine it into one single, beautiful movie.
It was more difficult than you dudes think it was to create this compilation of greatest hits. The hard part wasn’t simply stitching the views together, it was compensating for the different positions in space the LRO was when it took the photographs, the different angle of the sun’s rays hitting the moon, the location of the moon in the shot, etc.
It wasn’t easy, is that I’m saying.
It is beautiful. Watch this.
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