Apollo 13 Views of the Moon in 4K

NASA Goddard

This video uses data gathered from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft to recreate some of the stunning views of the Moon that the Apollo 13 astronauts saw on their perilous journey around the farside in 1970. These visualizations, in 4K resolution, depict many different views of the lunar surface, starting with earthset and sunrise and concluding with the time Apollo 13 reestablished radio contact with Mission Control. Also depicted is the path of the free return trajectory around the Moon, and a continuous view of the Moon throughout that path. All views have been sped up for timing purposes — they are not shown in “real-time.”

Data Visualization by: Ernie Wright (USRA)
Video Produced & Edited by: David Ladd (USRA)
Music provided by Universal Production Music: “Visions of Grandeur” – Frederick Wiedmann

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Peta of Newark
November 27, 2022 12:40 am

Well, that’s 2 years old now – how many squirrels have we, has anybody, spotted in the meantime?
Did The Interweb forget something, what were they trying to bury back then?
(I think I can see one or two coffee beans in the lower left corner, what say you?)

and as I’ve just been learning (adding a few more pieces to a long-standing puzzle of mine), we could learn a lot from squirrels
= & esp how they so successfully cultivate/propagate/farm hazelnuts – without using Nitrogen fertiliser or Glyphosate.
and their brains are how big compared to ours?

Oh no, just worked it out: NASA were trying to bury hazelnuts.
Do we know how they got on?
<keeps tight hold of wallet>

November 27, 2022 1:39 am

The moon looks much like the roads around here…

Reply to  strativarius
November 27, 2022 12:30 pm

Blue state?

Reply to  Scissor
November 28, 2022 7:24 am

Blue city?

Reply to  ResourceGuy
November 28, 2022 11:01 am

winter blues?

michael hart
November 27, 2022 4:49 am

The NASA video (not WUWT) is a bit click-baity. A modern video of what Apollo 13 would have seen? Not what they did. Sure, it’s the dark side of the moon, but they had more pressing matters to consider.

Josh Scandlen
Reply to  michael hart
November 27, 2022 6:06 am

when I learned that NASA lost the original Apollo 11 footage I realized it was all one big joke. That so many people fall for it, myself included, just shows how humanity so desires to believe.

Citizen Smith
Reply to  michael hart
November 27, 2022 8:02 am

Too bad about the music too.

Reply to  michael hart
November 27, 2022 8:40 am

Starting with Apollo 8, all of the Apollo missions saw the back side of the Moon.

Josh Scandlen
November 27, 2022 6:04 am

I like this part.. “recreate some of the stunning views of the Moon that the Apollo 13 astronauts saw…”

Kinda like the blue marble images, eh?
or the ORIGINAL landing footage, and telemetry data, of Apollo 11 which NASA just lost. I mean, no big deal, right? It was only the greatest even in human history. But NASA just lost the original footage.

And to think just 18 months earlier Gus Grissom sat on the the launch pad and his last words were along the lines of “we can even communicate between buildings how are we going to from the moon.”

Nothing at all fishy.

Reply to  Josh Scandlen
November 27, 2022 8:42 am

Because NASA had problems with their intercoms, this proves that they can’t use radios to communicate with astronauts orbiting the Moon?

Reply to  MarkW
November 27, 2022 9:09 am

And you would also need to disbelieve the mountain of evidence that people landed on the moon — including evidence captured by the Soviet Union.

Reply to  alexwade
November 27, 2022 6:55 pm

There’s the mirror that one of the Apollo missions (12?) on the moon that is being used to measure the distance between the Earth and the Moon, and has been used to measure the predicted drifting of the Moon away from the Earth.
Many orbiters have taken pictures of the landing sites, moon buggy tracks are quite visible.

Much science has been done on the rocks brought back from the moon. If those rocks had been faked, surely one of the thousands of scientists who have examined them would have picked up on it.

For NASA to have faked the Moon landings, 10’s of thousands of people would have had to been in on the scam.

Reply to  MarkW
November 28, 2022 2:30 pm

I agree with you MarkW. Now on that “10’s of thousands of people would have had to been in on the scam.” Of course I have no doubt that we’ve been to the moon and back.

But we have learned how to be in on scams in mass now… the C19 jab comes to mind.

Reply to  MarkW
November 28, 2022 5:36 pm

Pretty sure all 6 left retroreflector arrays on the surface.

Len Werner
November 27, 2022 7:36 am

This should indeed provide an interesting comparison. As I recall the Apollo images were captured with a Hasselblad; is 4k digital capable of producing clearer images than the film that NASA could afford used in a 2-1/4 square with I’m sure the best optics available at the time?

Janice Moore
November 27, 2022 12:36 pm

Very cool (you can always mute the audio).

Suggestion: put a well-known object in image for scale, e.g., a school bus (its yellow color would be helpful, too).

Yet again, I am moved at the courage it took to volunteer to be on board that spacecraft, so far from home… . Selah.

November 27, 2022 1:51 pm

“Dark side of the moon”… yeah.. sure.. more like a puffball from southern ontario.. those craters are all the same depth. Get out of here.

Reply to  MissHellKitten
November 27, 2022 6:59 pm

I don’t know what video you watched, I’m seeing all kinds of sizes and depths. The largest craters tend to be of similar depth because of rebound. This is something that has been known about for decades and can be seen in large craters here on Earth.

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