Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Moon in HDTV

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and public broadcaster NHK have succeeded in capturing the world’s first high-definition video of the moon taken from lunar orbit. The 8x time-lapse video was shot using an HDTV camera aboard the KAGUYA lunar explorer, a.k.a. SELENE (SELenological and ENgineering Explorer), while in orbit 100 kilometers (62 miles) above the lunar surface.

Worth a look!


Anonymous said...

"Worth a look" is the understatement of the year. After being subjected to 40 years of old NASA filmstock this is a sight to behold.

Go Japan GO!


Mac said...

After being subjected to 40 years of old NASA filmstock this is a sight to behold.

Wow. The sheer age of the NASA footage is just beginning to hit me ...

mr. intense said...

Disappointed. JAXA puts up the video on a player that can't be blown up to full screen--what's the point of using a player with a max display area of 3 3/4" x 6 1/3" wide for a high-resolution video???

Seems dumb. Email sent to JAXA requesting larger format video player be used/linked.

michael said...

Beautiful...particularly the last few seconds of the second half of the released video as the camera moves toward the darkness and the shadows grow longer.

Anonymous said...

Nice but somehow it seemed "old hat." I remember watching live TV transmitted from the Apollo command module in orbit around the Moon. Now THAT was spectacular (and hadn't at the time yet become NASA stock footage).

--W.M. Bear

mr. intense said...

Received a response from JAXA:

"As for the aquisition data of the KAGUYA's HDTV, JAXA does not have a
copyright alone.

"Therefore, unfortunately we provide the movie with current low resolution.
We would appreciate your understanding."

So, it seems the low-res JAXA player use is intentional, due to copyright issues. Bummer.