Apollo Panoramic Images
July 16, 2006 1:15 PM   Subscribe

Apollo Panoramic Images [note: Quicktime VR]
posted by crunchland (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
OMFG thank you have my babies you magnificent bastard.
*humps on crunchland*

I've been obsessed with the Apollo and pre-Apollo era of NASA lately, especially since they're going to be going back to a capsule system for manned spaceflight.
posted by loquacious at 1:18 PM on July 16, 2006

"it's not a capsule. It's a spacecraft."
(Just watched the Right Stuff today.)

Great post. Thanks much!
posted by Mcable at 2:31 PM on July 16, 2006

The Apollo 17 Station 5 panorama is eerie... hills, rocks, the little lunar rover, and nothing else in sight...
posted by anthill at 3:13 PM on July 16, 2006

Wow, thank you so much! The panoramas are simply breathtaking, and I've changed my wallpaper to their beautiful Apollo 11 image. Definitely best-of-web!
posted by nlindstrom at 5:09 PM on July 16, 2006

Nice, thanks!
posted by Smedleyman at 5:52 PM on July 16, 2006

Sign#3,203,302 of the impending apocalypse:

I show'em to a friend and he brings up the whole "moonlandings were faked" idea, by asking "why can't you see stars?"


But these are awesome.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:06 PM on July 16, 2006

Well, they have put "some" effort into making these Quicktime VR, but here is one source (NASA) for images .

There are others, which are free as well, before you pay for some great space pics. This company is offering some autographs, which is a nice add-on.

Personally, I want to have lunch with Neil, that would be something.
posted by fluffycreature at 7:03 PM on July 16, 2006

Opps, one more linky. This one goes to just about everything manned spaceflight nasa has done.
posted by fluffycreature at 7:09 PM on July 16, 2006

The happiest astronaut in the history of NASA, Deke Slayton.
posted by loquacious at 9:46 PM on July 16, 2006

"why can't you see stars?".

Good question! Why can't we?
posted by Scoo at 11:02 AM on July 17, 2006

The landscape is so bright, for the camera to register the small amount of light given off by the stars, the whole landscape would be completely washed out.
posted by crunchland at 11:18 AM on July 17, 2006

Good question! Why can't we?

Because it's daytime on the moon. Go outside right now. Can you see stars?
posted by Cyrano at 11:57 AM on July 17, 2006

Good question! Why can't we?

Here's an explanation from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal.
posted by doorsnake at 12:22 PM on July 17, 2006

The Apollo 15 station 2 panorama looks like it was put together from photos that weren't taken in the same spot. Look at the flare from the sun -- on the left there is a mountain range, but on the right, it's not there.
posted by Potsy at 1:24 PM on July 18, 2006

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