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On Monday, I posted about the new Apollo 12 and 14 images that will be going up shortly on the MoonMappers site. In the post, I talked a bit about image resolution, and how in August of last year, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter craft dipped down to a 25-km-high orbit and photographed the Apollo sites at 2x the pixel scale it had done before. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what effect this has. While [...]
We’re working on more publicity and planning on more traffic in the next month or so for Moon Mappers, and that means we may not have enough images in the queue. So, I’ve been going through after talking with the other science co-lead and downloading and processing new images to have you look at. First are a few new old ones: More from the Apollo 15 site. Back in August 2011, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter dipped from its normal 50-km [...]
Figuring out what is popping up at you and what is popping down and away from you in an image can be very difficult. Our brain just doesn’t have enough information to do this right a lot of the time. So, it guesses. And it uses shadows to help make those guesses. But sometimes, it still guesses wrong. Very wrong.
One of the regions we’re looking at with Moon Mappers is the Apollo 15 landing site area. It’s a neat place and we can study a lot of things there. Due to a quirk of optics and angles, you can even imagine you’re flying towards it. When the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) peers down from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) at the moon, normally the camera is aimed straight-down (or very close to it). We call that a slew angle [...]