Take a Tour of the Moon (and give a wink for Neil!)

In honor of International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) I invite you to see the Moon like never before, with this beautiful HD tour that takes you around our natural satellite as it’s seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

According to the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s David R. Kring, “The scenes in the video are so dramatic that you may find yourself reaching out to pick up a rock and becoming restless to walk among the lunar peaks.”

This composite image of the moon was constructed using Clementine data from 1994. (NASA)

“From the Earth to the Moon” is produced from an integrated set of lunar images and topographical measurements. The video is not an animation sequence or artistic rendering of the Moon. Most of the images and topographical data were obtained by the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), in particular, the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) teams, and rendered by ourselves, Robert Kooima at Louisiana State University, and the Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Specific sequences in the video give views of (i) the lunar nearside, (ii) a flyover of the heavily cratered lunar highlands, (iii) Oceanus Procellarum, (iv) a zoomed-in perspective of Aristarchus crater, (v) a flight down Vallis Schröteri, (vi) an oblique perspective of Aristarchus crater, (vii) crater walls within Aristarchus, (viii) a pull away perspective of Aristarchus crater, (ix) a zoomed-in rotating view of Tycho crater, (x) flybys of five central peak features within Tycho crater, (xi) a pull away perspective of Tycho crater with distinct panels of images to illustrate a variety of spatial resolutions and albedo, (xii) a rotating view of Tycho crater from a position slightly above its rim, (xiii) a pull away perspective of Tycho crater, (xiv) rotating perspective of Orientale basin, (xv) rotating and pull away perspective from Orientale basin, (xvi) dawn rising over Tsiolkovsky crater, and (xvii) Earth rising over the lunar surface.

Neil Armstrong in the Apollo landing module after his historic moonwalk (NASA)

Also, this year’s InOMN events are dedicated to the memory of first man on the Moon Neil A. Armstrong, who passed away on August 25 at the age of 82. According to his family, the best way to remember Neil is to “wink at the Moon” and think of him, a reluctant hero who nevertheless achieved one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments and became an inspiration to millions.

Are there any InOMN events going on in your area? Find out here. And even if there aren’t, you can still take the time to observe the Moon on your own, or with family and friends. (And don’t forget to #winkatthemoon for Neil!)

Video courtesy of the Lunar and Planetary Institute


  1. Jeff Barani says:

    Woawwww !!
    It’s really a smooth video. We have the impression to flyby the Moon surface yessss 😉
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


  2. Dawn says:

    So beautiful!!


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