Thanks to the video wizards at Nasa and Mashable, we can now explore a wonderful fly over of the lunar surface. Consider yourself lucky, as only in modern times have only a handful of peple ever reached it. Now we can all get a glimpse of the real thing, even if over the internet.
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
The Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter has been capturing high definition images for the past nine years. The collaborative snaps come together to produce a stunning real to life animation. We can see how the rock surface resmbles that of Earth, with contours and valleys, albeit dry and dusty. The Moon is completely volcanic in origin, having been a completely molten ball of rock at its birth. The most widely accepted theory is that an object similar in size to Mars collided with the Earth in its early history. This created the Moon as we know it today from the off-shooting debris.
Perhaps within our own lifetimes people will begin to live and work on the Moon. It's recently been discovered that there is frozen water under the surface and with water there is oxygen and hydrogen. These are two vital ingredients to space exploration and ones we perahaps take for granted at home. What ever happens, for long term off world life to exist, we'll need to build a biosphere. Maybe there will be space-craft manufacturing there with a the lower gravity, launching giant ships from the Moon would be less costly. Perhaps we will someday see hotels where people can stay for the out of this world experience. I imagine Virgin Orbit have some good ideas., I always thought they should do maternity wards but i'm sure they hear that all the time. We will have to see.
Watch the tour here.
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