NASA is celebrating a big anniversary this year as the Space Agency celebrates its 60th anniversary on October 1st. The celebrations began last month with a fabulous National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) concert at the Kennedy
titled "NSO Pops: Space, the Next Frontier," the concert featured famous scores of room-filling music – including Richard Strauss & # 39; "Also Spoke Zarathustra" (the theme of 2001): A Space Odyssey ), Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and music from Carl Sagan's Golden Record the Kennedy Center – accompanied by spectacular Pictures of NASA missions.
Among these visual presentations was a stunning video of the Moon, now published by NASA, along with a full account of how it came about.
Unveiled on July 20, the 49th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the video reveals a series of extraordinary sundowns and sunrises on the lunar surface
This stunning photo montage uses Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and uses footage of the Moon Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiters (LRO) to create almost poetic lunar images that show the ancient celestial body in one whole
Speaking of light, the lighting in the video is derived "from the actual sun angles during the lunar days in 201
Awesome video of sunrises and sunsets from Lunar Reconnaissance orbiter footage. "Great desolation," as Buzz Aldrin said. https://t.co/SDbCZV0hvZ
– Steve C. (@slayworth) July 21, 2018
The visual artist behind this incredible creation is NASA science visualizer Ernie Wright of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
Wright is an expert at using data from NASA missions – such as the LRO, which mapped the surface of the moon since 2008 – and turns them into dazzling visual representations. Among his previous work is the video "Tour of the Moon in 4K", which was released this April and immediately became viral.
For the video "Claire the Lune," Wright relied on a 3D model of the Moon from LRO data recorded with the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) of the orbiter. By analyzing the shape of the lunar terrain, LOLA created "the most accurate map of a celestial topography ever created," NASA said.
This 3D lunar model was later shrouded by Wright in LRO photos to create "breathtaking views of the moon" landmarks, beginning with a sunrise that flings shadows across the surface and ends with sunsets that cover the darkness along the same geography
According to Debussy, Debussy's composition provides the perfect musical framework to present the lunar images – "melancholy, lonely and contemplative, as if you were alone, walking through a garden in the moonlight. "
" The result, with quiet music that breathes at times with crisp images, is a perspective on our moon that Debussy could only dream of trying to grasp the essence of the body that dominates the night sky, " says NASA