posted on May, 17 2008 @ 10:53 AM
So the lunar orbiter goes round and round. Takes lots and lots of pictures...LOTS and LOTS. Many go into storage awaiting processing. There they
wait...and wait...and wait. Arizona State University comes along in 2007 and begins processing them. They create a map and post it on line.
"To allow full access to the original flight films for both researchers and the general public, Johnson Space Center and Arizona State University's
Space Exploration Resources are scanning and creating an online digital archive of all the original Apollo flight films. Through this online
interface, users may browse through the archive and download any of the images. This web site also provides a suite of resources regarding the images
and the cameras that were used during the Apollo program. Finally, the scanning process is estimated to take three years with the first production
scans recorded in late June 2007.
Current Project Status
As of 03/01/2008, 343 new Metric frames have been processed, for a total of 1064 Apollo 15 Metric frames available via the Image Map interface. Newly
processed Metric frames are added bi-weekly as we complete the processing of Apollo 15 frames and begin processing the Apollo 16 frames."
The initial view of the surface is done with "lidar" imaging. On the left of the map you will see the word "Background". Under "background" is
that word "lidar". Click on the arrow next to "lidar" and other options will appear. Choose "Color".
The Image Map interface gives coordinates for the area being zoomed in on. 55.6 N/ 102.2 E
Use the zoom tool to zoom in completely. Then right-click on the image and save it. It will save and then can be further zoomed in on.
Did some get past the airbrush?
55.6 N/102.2 E
36.0 N/102.6 E
[edit on 17-5-2008 by doug r]