Happy #MoonDay! To celebrate the 49th annivers…

Happy #MoonDay! To celebrate the 49th
anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, we present you with “Moonlight,”
a video by our Goddard science visualizer Ernie Wright set to Debussy’s Clair
de Lune. The Apollo missions were a landmark in lunar exploration. The visit
and the samples that our Moon walkers collected transformed our understanding
of the Moon and the solar system. Now, our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s
high-resolution data gives an incredibly detailed view of our closest neighbor.

This
visualization captures the mood of Claude Debussy’s best-known composition,
Clair de Lune (which means moonlight in French). The piece was
published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer’s Suite
Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet,
contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk
through a moonlit garden.

“Moonlight” uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built
from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics. The
lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018. Enjoy and
read more HERE.

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