Have you ever wondered how the astronauts see the objects in our solar system when they go on the mission? NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) on the 24th February released a video of the moon exactkky how it was seen by the astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970. The video shared has been developed into 4K quality using the data fetched from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
NASA said, “This video uses data gathered from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft to recreate some of the stunning views of the Moon that the Apollo 13 astronauts saw on their perilous journey around the farside in 1970. These visualizations, in 4K resolution, depict many different views of the lunar surface, starting with earthset and sunrise and concluding with the time Apollo 13 reestablished radio contact with Mission Control. Also depicted is the path of the free return trajectory around the Moon, and a continuous view of the Moon throughout that path”.
The Scientific Visualisation Studio of NASA says that “Recreating what they saw requires not only excellent maps but also knowledge of the spacecraft’s flight path — all of the animations on this page are views from the position of the spacecraft at specific times during their flight behind the Moon, using the same focal lengths as the lenses on board”.
NASA clarified that the visuals in the video are not at their actual speed but have been sped up for timing purposes, they said, ‘All views have been sped up for timing purposes — they are not shown in “real-time”’.
NASA said that for complete 8 minutes, the Apollo 13 was in darkness when they were in between the eastset and sunrise and until the mesmerizing lunar terrain emerged on the horizon. Apollo 13 was the 7th mission which had crew onboard and only the 3rd mission which was supposed to land on the surface of the moon.
The mission lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center, Floria on the 11th of April 1970. However, an explosion onboard resulted in the rupture of a service module oxygen tank which forced the Apollo 13 mission return without landing on the Moon. NASA said, ‘Still, it was classified as a “successful failure” because of the experience gained in rescuing the crew. The mission’s spent upper stage successfully impacted the moon’.