The Moon is ready for its closeup

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

Attention conspiracy theorists: 38 years after astronauts first walked on the moon, NASA and Arizona State University have begun a project to make the complete lunar photographic record from the Apollo project accessible on the internet.

The Apollo Image Archive, expected to take three years to scan and archive, will be made up of images detailed enough to reveal photographic grain, said the university in a news release Wednesday.

According to ASU, the original Apollo images have seldom been accessed because they are "literally irreplaceable."
As they write:

"Between 1968 and 1972, NASA made sets of duplicate images after each Moon mission came back to Earth, placing the duplicate sets in various scientific libraries and research facilities around the world. As a result, these second-generation copies (and subsequent copies of copies) are what scientists and the public have seen. The copied images are unsharp and over-contrasty compared to the originals, which have remained in deep-freeze storage at the Johnson Space Center. Even many lunar scientists have not seen or worked with them."

The digitizing process began in June. As a taste of what users can expect, Arizona State University released a preview of five high-resolution shots mapping the surface of the moon.

The resolution is pretty astounding, and through a flash player users can zoom in for greater clarity.

If anyone can spot hints of a blue screen from these images, let us know.