This post is part of Citizen Science September at the Zooniverse.
Not content with measuring craters and comparing boulders some Moon Zoo forum members go that extra step to produce something amazing. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Narrow Angle Camera repeatedly imaged some regions of the Moon under different sun angles or spacecraft angles. By showing these images in sequence to produce animations the lunar landscape comes to life.
Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Eagle, using images taken at different spacecraft angles. Animation by forum member Jumpjack. The 3 bright features to the right of the Lunar Module are the Passive Seismic Experiment Package, the Laser Ranging Retro Reflector and its discarded cover.
The Apollo 17 flag shadow using images taken at different illumination angles. Animation by forum member JFincannon.
JFincannon also wrote a detailed entry for the Apollo Surface Journal. Using LRO images and Apollo site maps to locate the flags he provided flag shadow animations for all 6 Apollo landing sites. These show clear evidence that the flags of Apollo 12, 16, and 17 are still “flying.” Apollo 11′s flag fell over during lift-off from the Moon and JFincannon couldn’t find any evidence of the flag shadows at the Apollo ...