Take A Gorgeous Guided Tour Of Lunar Geography

By David Wharton | 9 years ago

The sad truth we must face is that most of us will probably never get to set foot on the moon. You never know, it might surprise me and the exploration of space may begin to advance faster than it has in decades, but even then, for most of us, it’s just a fond daydream. But a daydream can still be something special, especially when aided by this frankly gorgeous video that takes us on a flyby tour of the surface of the moon.

Dubbed “From the Earth to the Moon,” the three-minute video is compiled from images and topographical data gathered from the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other sources. It is just about as close as we can get to exploring the vast stretches of the moon’s surface that have never felt a footfall. Here’s a bit of description about the video:

‘From the Earth to the Moon’ is a brief, but vivid video and audio recording that Provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface, which humans have not visited since 1972, despite being the best and most accessible place in the solar system to explore the fundamental principles of our origins; Highlights vast portions of the lunar surface that have yet to be explored; and Demonstrates how new images are revealing dramatic details of future landing sites suitable for both robotic and human missions.

The beautiful lunar landscapes captured in the video include exposures of the lunar crust that will reveal, if sampled by future missions, the earliest processes associated with the formation of the Earth-Moon system, the evolution of the Moon through a period with a planet-wide magma ocean, and a subsequent period of intense bombardment that repeatedly modified the surfaces of the Earth, Moon, and all other inner solar system planets. That late period of heavy impact bombardment may have been triggered by a re-arrangement of outer solar system planets. Thus, the Moon is providing details of our own origins, the origins and evolution of all inner solar system planets, and the origin and evolution of outer solar system planets.

Coupled with a genuinely beautiful bit of music, it’s enough for an old dreamer like me to want to kick back, look up, and imagine what’s out there.