Planets and Moons  ID: 5039

From the Moon to the Earth

This visualization flies the virtual camera from the far side of the Moon, beneath the lunar South Pole, and onward to Earth. The heavily cratered lunar far side includes the dark basalt of Mare Moscoviense (top left) and Tsiolkovskiy crater (far left) and the darkened expanse of the ancient South Pole-Aitken basin (bottom). The striking blue of the Earth's oceans is initially hidden from view by the looming Moon.

Visualization Credits

Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Visualizer
David Ladd (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Lead Producer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map also referred to as: DEM
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/LRO Camera/Natural Color Hapke Normalized WAC Mosaic also referred to as: LROC WAC Color Mosaic
Mosaic - Arizona State University
This natural-color global mosaic is based on the 'Hapke normalized' mosaic from LRO's wide-angle camera. The data has been gamma corrected, white balanced, and range adjusted to more closely match human vision.
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

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The Moon

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