Watching the Earthrise over the moon
And set again
Video: From the department of very cool videos come two real corkers. Japan's space agency (JAXA) has released two high definition videos of Earthrise and Earthset, as witnessed by its lunar explorer SELENE, which is now orbiting our largest natural satellite.
The mission arrived at the Moon on 18 October, when it was inserted into orbit at an altitude of roughly 100km.
The pictures are something quite special. There is no sound, so you can even imagine that you are floating 100km above the lunar surface, gazing into the awesome depths of space instead of sneaking a break from work in front of your laptop.
The Earthrise video is also entertaining for its initial optical illusion that the Moon is covered in smooth bumps instead of craters. Stare at the picture long enough and it sorts itself out. Honest. ®
RE: Moon Landing
AI am of the opinion that those seeking confirmation from the real/virtual/semantic web of their beliefs/fears/AIntellect that any view can be expressed and receive recognition. Is this not the beauty of the Virtual Existence of the Cyberworld? IT is how we SMART2 humans will Advance, Adapt, and .... ah crap, I give up. AmanfromMars is infinitely better at this than I am.
Haven't heard from that psychotic pseudo-spambot in a while - what happened to him/her/it?
I request for JAXA
Please, please JAXA team, orbit the original 1960's moon landing spot, zoom in and trash those stupid "moon landing hoax" hoaxers. At least that is a conspiracy theory that can be shot down with current technology ;)
The "bumpy moon" optical effect has to do with the lighting angle, I had read about it on M.C. Escher's paintings, and they specifically made comments on the moon photos having this effect. It's nice to finally see this effect on video!!!
I can see
..the man in the Earth!
yes..no..wait...no, it's just the FSM again :(