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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-01-2007 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's only a digital moon...
University partners with NASA to digitize Apollo film
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 24 astronauts who launched to the Moon almost 40 years ago, returned a tome some 72,000 pages long.

And since their journey from the Moon back to the Earth, their collective 36,000 literally-irreplaceable images have remained in deep-freeze storage at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. With only a few exceptions, the majority of the photos seen by the public have been duplicates made from copies of the originals produced by the space agency between 1968 and 1972.

And like anyone who has duplicated a copy knows, the result is never as crystal clear as the original.

It is with that in mind that Arizona State University has partnered with NASA to scan the space-flown film in an effort to create a new, high-resolution digital archive for both researchers and the general public on the Internet.


heng44
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posted 08-01-2007 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We can only hope they will do the Mercury and Gemini onboard photos as well...

Ed

Matt T
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posted 08-01-2007 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i thought this had already been done? Hence the hi-res complete rolls on the Apollo Archive site.

Cheers,
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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-01-2007 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe ApolloArchive.com's complete rolls are limited to the Hasselblad frames, whereas this project includes:
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600 frames in 35 mm, roughly 20,000 Hasselblad 60 mm frames (color, and black and white), more than 10,000 mapping camera frames and about 4,600 panoramic cam frames.
The resolution is also significantly greater:
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In raw form, the scans of the Apollo mapping frames, each 4.7 inches square, are 1.3 gigabytes in size.

Matt T
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posted 08-02-2007 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1.3GB - ok, that's going to be pretty sharp

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space1
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posted 08-02-2007 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Hasselblad 60 mm frames

Presumably they mean *70* mm frames.

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webbrass
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posted 08-02-2007 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for webbrass   Click Here to Email webbrass     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So far there are only five images from Apollo 15 but many more are promised in the future. They're calling the project the Apollo Image Archive. Be warned that these are VERY hi-res and so VERY large. Make sure you've got a lot of bandwidth and/or time if you want to download them. They have them available to view using a Flash Interface as well.

Hopefully they'll add images from the surface cameras soon as well as the CM camera.

Phil Plait has an article on the site at his Bad Astronomy site as well.

art540
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posted 08-02-2007 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for art540   Click Here to Email art540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See also www.lpod.org for another comment...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-02-2007 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by space1:
Presumably they mean *70* mm frames.
This was a typo in both their release and our article. I have corrected our version.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 08-02-2007 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can you imagine the Ed White space walk(GT-4) photos digitized?
J.M. Busby

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