One of the most iconic events in recent history took place 50 years ago when humanity walked on the moon for the first time, during the Apollo 11 mission. To mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, a NASA imagery specialist visited the archives and enhanced a selection of images with the Moon, bringing them to spectacular high definition.
To achieve this goal, the specialist employed the help of photo editing software to link images which were recorded on 70-millimeter Hasselblad film. The photos are quite impressive as they offer as a new glimpse of our natural satellite. One of the most beautiful vistas is the landing site o Apollo 17, which is located in the Taurus-Littrow valley. The image awakened old memories for one of the Apollo 17 geologists, which described it as one of the most fascinating and memorable scenes that can be encountered within the boundaries of our solar system.
NASA celebrates Apollo 11 mission’s 50th anniversary with stunning images with the Moon
Those who wish to admire the spectacular photos can find a full 360-degree render of the landing site by visiting The Johnson Space Center social media page. In the images, we can see a starless sky, which may encourage come fans of conspiracy theories to deem them as fakes. However, this effect was intentional as the sky was blacked, and some other effects were removed to convey an experience which is similar to what the astronauts saw when they landed on the moon. The surface of the object is so reflective that you can’t see the stars unless you try hard.
The space agency is also working on a series of anniversary events which aim to highlight the achievement and the efforts of all the employees and partners, which made the dream of reaching the moon a reality. It is also a great way to boost interest in the upcoming Artemis initiative, which aims to send astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024. It is likely that more events and new data will be shared in the following days.
Dee Mongo is a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto and has written for Maclean’s, Motherboard, the National Post, and the Huffington Post. In her spare time, she plays AC/DC on the ukulele and does psychic readings for B-grade celebrities. Dee is our tech/finance correspondent.