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3D Moon a 'roadmap' for lunar missions

The Local · 23 Nov 2011, 15:21

Published: 23 Nov 2011 15:21 GMT+01:00

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The model by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) – Germany’s equivalent to America's NASA space agency – was created using 70,000 images from a NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon since 2009.

Project scientist Frank Scholten reviewed the images pixel by pixel, figured out their exact locations and then calculated 100 billion 3D points in order to create the model.

It covers 37 million square kilometres – more than 98 percent of the moon’s surface, DLR reported.

The calculations, performed by 40 computers, took two weeks to complete.

"Over the last few years, planetary research has been focusing primarily on other planets, Mars being just one example. The Moon remained in the background during this period," said Scholten in a DLR statement.

He added that the research will help provide solutions to previously unanswerable questions – such as whether there is water or ice on the Moon’s surface – by providing an accurate topographical map.

Another cool advantage of the model is being able to simulate the flights of previous astronauts who came to visit, helping scientists better understand the parts of Moon they explored.

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But the model’s biggest benefit may come years in the future when space explorers pay another trip to the celestial body – the last time man stepped on the Moon was in 1972 during NASA's Apollo 17 mission.

“With this data, we are laying important foundations for future Moon missions, whether manned or unmanned," said lunar researcher Ulrich Köhler in a statement. "These 3D maps of the Moon enable us to better evaluate future landing sites.”

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17:07 November 23, 2011 by jbaker
40 years ago humanity was on it's way to the stars and then we stopped and built space shuttles that roller coastered around the earth. Now the shuttles have been retired and they talk abut heading to the moon again? There is always more to these stories than you would ever want to believe.

Maybe we stopped going to the moon because other civilizations have been occupying it for millenia and we have been told it is off limits.Do you ever wonder why recent space craft that humanity has shot into orbit has been disabled? We are being toyed with. There is technology out there that can destroy this planet in seconds if needed to. Don't believe that humanity is so advanced and we are the first to do Anything. Maybe we are just infants in this universe and need to grow up and open our minds to Reality.

If you question things like this, then step out of the box and educate yourself outside of mainstream news,schools and religions. Refuse to stay in this prison and break its walls down.

The DLR symbol looks satanic and zionist.

Did you ever wonder why the moon is at such a perfect distance to the the sun that it perfectly during covers the sun during an eclipse? Why haven't we been shown pictures from the far side of the moon?Is the moon hollow and not solid like a meteorite? Ask your Aerospace Execs and Governments Heads and watch their expression on the face and not their words from the mouth. There are a lot of Truths that will be coming out soon.

To the few that will refute this and will reply maliciously, I speak the truth. What are you going to do when Reality smacks you in the face?
17:56 November 23, 2011 by Scuba Steve
Heh-heh, I think yer tinfoil hat's on a little too tight, jbaker!! LMAO!
06:32 November 24, 2011 by Wrench
Someone has watched The Matrix one time too many.
07:27 November 26, 2011 by ramalama
what a tool
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