NASA Releases an Impressive New Video Showing a 4K Tour of the Moon

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 6:34PM
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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 6:34PM
NASA Releases an Impressive New Video Showing a 4K Tour of the Moon
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We're finally having conversations about sending humans back to the Moon for the first time since the 1970s, although nobody has put a new mission together just yet.

In the meantime, we'll have to be content with video lunar tours until we can go back ourselves. And a new video from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is just that - an ultra high-definition 4K tour of some of our largest satellite's most interesting features.

See it below, in whatever level of HD that your WiFi can handle:



Most of the spots highlighted here are based on data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a probe circling the Moon taking all sorts of photos so NASA can better map it out or identify any weird features the LRO comes across. A much simpler and lower resolution "Tour of the Moon" based on LRO data was released back in 2011, but this is the first time it's been touched up for modern devices.

As for the lunar landmarks included, they range from older locations like the South Pole-Aitken basin on the far side of the Moon and the Orientale Basin, as well as a smaller and more recent (relatively speaking, they're still old) spots like the Tycho Crater.

For reference, Tycho likely formed about 108 million years ago and is only 53 miles (85 kilometers) in diameter, while the South Pole-Aitken could be as old as 3.9 billion years old and is 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers) across.  And as a bonus, it even shows a lander and rover from the Apollo 17 mission, the last time we visited the Moon back in 1972. Unsurprisingly, they haven't changed much since then.



Both NASA and companies like SpaceX are currently working on rockets that could take humans back to the Moon, although Mars seems to be a bigger priority and perhaps rightfully so.

But once NASA's Space Launch System or SpaceX's BFR (which officially stands for Big Falcon Rocket, mind you), it might be more common to start setting up longer missions and even settlements on the giant rock orbiting the Earth.
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