As part of the 45th anniversary celebration, NASA has launched a new video simulation of 1968 Apollo 8, which gave birth to the famous image called “Earthrise”.
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“This new simulation allows anyone to virtually ride with the astronauts and experience the awe they felt at the vista in front of them,” NASA said in a release teasing the video.
Earthrise was the first color photograph of Earth taken from space. It became the cover photo of TIME’s Great Images of the 20th Century.
“Earthrise had a profound impact on our attitudes toward our home planet, quickly becoming an icon of the environmental movement,” says Ernie Wright, project lead with the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The new video has been developed using the data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a space probe revolving around the moon since 2009.
“The video was created because with LRO we have, for the first time ever, high-precision data, in both image data and topography of the lunar surface, that allows us to faithfully recreate what astronauts saw from orbit,” said Goddard LRO project scientist Noah Petro. “The Apollo 8 Earthrise event served as turning point in our exploration of space, and to recreate that moment and experience it as only three people have experienced it, is thrilling. Scientifically, LRO data is being used to fundamentally change our understanding of the moon.”
NASA Releases New Earthrise Simulation Video – NASA (http://goo.gl/Qa6yPD)
Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary – http://goo.gl/IuTjQs