On this day in 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Roughly the time we print this article, the “Eagle” touched down near the Sea of Tranquility, a massive basin that make up the “Man in the Moon”. In honor of such a monumental achievement, NASA has compiled 3D footage of the lunar landing site.
Images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have been sewn together to make a true 3D image of the landing site. Using the narrow-angle camera on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, dubbed LROC. As NASA puts it, “each image in the pair shows the site from a slightly different angle, allowing sophisticated software to infer the shape of the terrain, similar to the way that left and right eye views are combined in the brain to produce the perception of depth.”
The first of six crewed lunar landings, Apollo 11 is often looked at as the birth of our fascination with what lies beyond our Earth. In the video, you can still see footprints laid out by Buzz Aldrin as he ventured outside the lunar module.
The video is a great way to remember a landmark event, and it’s easy to imagine how odd and frightening an experience it all must have been. Craters, massive basins, and desolation — the video alone is enough to make you appreciate what that must have taken to make that trip to the moon.