Spectacular 360-degree 3-D panorama from Apollo 16

Nov 06, 2012 by Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today

Dealing with those who think the Apollo Moon landings never happened can be frustrating. Most of us just throw up our hands in exasperation, but Italian amateur astronomer Roberto Beltramini came up with a better idea: create a full 360-degree 3-D panorama of images from Apollo 16 to show "the true depth of the views taken by astronauts Apollo," he said. "What better proof? This was the motivation that prompted me to start, but the spectacle and the interest in new ways of seeing the [Moon's] wilderness, made me go farther."

This panorama has now been put into a "Zoomify" making it fully interactive and lots of fun to explore. Grab your 3-D glasses, and you can find a rock and zoom in, follow the astronauts' footprints and see one of the astronauts tinkering with the . Click here and enjoy!

Beltramini's initial plan was to create just a few 3-D anaglyghs, but once he got started, he just kept going. But of course, the Apollo 16 images taken by astronauts John Young and Charlie Duke as they walked, bounded and drove the lunar rover on the Moon's surface were not originally taken with the intent to be made into 3-D view, making Beltramini's job fairly difficult.

"The difficulty of making anaglyph, due to the shots not performed specifically for the purpose, may have dampened the attempts of other enthusiasts," he writes on the website for amateur astronomy group in Viareggio, in the Tuscany region of Italy (Gruppo Astronomico Viareggio.) "To overcome this obstacle, I had to work adapting the pairs of pictures with graphics programs, cropping, resizing, by cleaning scratches and stains present because of the scans on the original story. Other marks are very annoying problem, that is, the black crosses placed at regular intervals in photographs taken during the Apollo missions that I had to delete one by one to avoid that interfere with 3D viewing."

But over time he figured out how to make it work, "thanks to the phenomenon of rotation around a nodal point during the panning of the is possible, if there is plenty of overlap of the images, create a 3D 360 degree panorama," he told Universe Today.

was the fourth mission to land on the moon and launched on July 26, 1971, and the returned to Earth on August 7.

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Adam Brinckerhoff
4 / 5 (4) Nov 06, 2012
Wow, what a great idea for proving naysayers wrong. Thanks for sharing!

Personally, I think the best way to prove our lunar point is to go back. When we go, what do you think is the ultimate proof that we could send back to the Earth?

Adam Brinckerhoff
Development Engineer
SpaceUnited
VendicarD
2 / 5 (8) Nov 06, 2012
What millions of Conservative bloggers know is that NASA killed Kennedy to prevent him from spilling the beans on their fake Apollo moon landing program.

http://batesmotel.8m.com/

Royale
4.2 / 5 (5) Nov 06, 2012
you are joking, right Vendicar?
If NASA was in the business of killing presidents, don't you think they'd be better funded?
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Nov 06, 2012
"you are joking, right Vendicar?" - Royale

Who? Me?
Royale
1 / 5 (1) Nov 06, 2012
FYI. (was this purposeful as well? haha.)

Accessing web site: batesmotel.8m.com is prohibited at this time
URL: batesmotel.8m.com/

This URL, batesmotel.8m.com, is a known malware domain location
gwrede
not rated yet Nov 06, 2012
And this convinces any naysayer? Hardly.

@Royale: "This URL, batesmotel.8m.com, is a known malware domain location" Hmm. Part of the joke, no? Couldn't be, right?
VendicarD
2 / 5 (4) Nov 06, 2012
The illuminati are preventing you from accessing that site.

They don't want you to know what they are doing.

Conservative Christian Patriots know the truth...

http://www.apfn.o...moon.htm

http://www.telegr...ked.html

ScooterG
2.3 / 5 (9) Nov 06, 2012
Wow, what a great idea for proving naysayers wrong. Thanks for sharing!

Personally, I think the best way to prove our lunar point is to go back. When we go, what do you think is the ultimate proof that we could send back to the Earth?

Adam Brinckerhoff
Development Engineer
SpaceUnited


It is a great idea, but trying to convince the naysayers is a waste of energy. It's not as if you are trying to emulate the AGW warristas and ram new taxation down their (the naysayers) throats.
VendicarD
2.4 / 5 (7) Nov 06, 2012
America will never go back to the moon in any capacity. America is bankrupt and will not exist as a nation for much longer.
Klewch
1 / 5 (3) Nov 07, 2012
How does photoshopping a bunch of images prove we went to the moon?
Lex Talonis
3 / 5 (4) Nov 07, 2012
"Dealing with those who think the Apollo Moon landings never happened can be frustrating."

How exactly do you mean "dealing with them"?

It's a known fact that the whole Apollo program was a fake.

I was even personally there on the moon to observe that fact they they never went.

It's totally fake I tell you.
Royale
1 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2012
How then, do you explain the nuclear base on the dark side of the moon that the conquistadors setup?
VendicarD
3 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2012
It is a nuclear rocket base on the dark side, and the conquistadors used mutant, bigfoot, corn cob technology to get there.

Lex is right. He would have seen the LEM land if it was really there.

Here is a documentary on the subject.

http://vimeo.com/25309277
BaBloom
3 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2012
I'm an electronics engineer who worked on the L.E.M (Lunar Excursion Module) at Grumman Aerospace in the late 1960's. Could someone tell me what caused the conspiracy theory about fake moon landings in the first place. I don't understand the justification for it. Thanks.

Bob Bloom
Royale
3 / 5 (2) Nov 08, 2012
Hey Bob.. I suspect it was people watching 'Capricorn One', then just putting Moon instead of Mars in their head.. then coming up with silly reasons, which can all be easily explained but sound great to people that half-know Science..
http://www.imdb.c...0077294/
BaBloom
3 / 5 (2) Nov 08, 2012
Thank you(Royale)for your feedback. Some time ago someone had mentioned that the technology to do a moon shot was not available then. Is that still one of the complaints today? The technology was primitive compared to today, but sufficient to do the job.

Bob Bloom
loneislander
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2012
The best way to convince nay sayers is to get them a high school education. If that doesn't convince them they've joined the service class and it doesn't matter what they think. Terrible shame they can vote when you think about it.
BaBloom
2.3 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2012
I'm curious, do you think that in general the educational level of the average adult falls far short of even a basic understanding of how the world works? I'm not sure what I mean by average since there are many scales of measurement. But, think of it in a very general way.
defactoseven
1 / 5 (1) Nov 11, 2012
but where do you get the damn glasses?

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