3D Apollo!

3D Apollo!

3D Apollo!

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April 13 2010 4:00 PM

3D Apollo!

This is so cool: 3D anaglyphs of some of the Apollo landing sites as seen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter!

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  


That's the Apollo 14 site. Click to embiggen -- and I urge you to do so. You can really see the lander popping right off the surface. In the Apollo 11 image you can even see that the lander feet are farther away from you than the top of the lander. It's incredible! These were done by Nathanial Burton-Bradford, and are part of a set of other 3D space anaglyphs. He took pairs of images taken by LRO (which is orbiting and taking phenomenal images of the Moon) and combined them to make the anaglyphs. They're all worth perusing. I'm glad I have a set of red/green glasses! If you don't have one, I again urge you to find 'em -- they can be ordered online, usually pretty cheap.

Normally, I ignore Apollo Deniers, since obviously no amount of evidence will ever wrench them from their fantasy world of ridiculous, top-heavy, and fact-free conspiracy theories... but these images really do hammer home that those landers are sitting on the Moon.

Oh, what we humans can do when we decide to.

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Tip o' the spacesuit helmet to Emily Lakdawalla.