NASA animation shows Apollo 11 landing site

New technology offers 3D view of where Armstrong and Aldrin landed

This Sunday (July 20, 2014) marks the 45th anniversary of when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon. To help mark the anniversary, NASA today released a new animation/video that shows where the lunar module landed with photos that correlate where equipment was placed and the tracks of the astronauts’ footprints, etc.

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The images were created by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which NASA says “makes it possible to visit the landing site in a whole new way by flying around a three-dimensional model of the site.” By using a stereo pair of images, scientists were able to use software that could “infer the shape of the terrain, similar to the way that left and right eye views are combined in the brain to produce the perception of depth.”

Of course, the tin-foil hat brigade will likely bring up the concepts of Photoshop, video manipulation software and all sorts of other theories as to why “the moon landing was faked”, but you can ignore those folks and enjoy the photos/video. Heck, even Weird Al Yankovic makes fun of the tin-foil hat brigade in his latest video, “FOIL” (parody of Lorde’s song “Royals”):

Happy Friday, folks! Moon landing video and Weird Al, all in one post!

Keith Shaw also rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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