I don’t know if there’s any deeper significance to this, but there seems to be a lot of moon-related news in circulation of late.
First off, Arizona State University is teaming up with NASA in order to make old Apollo images of the moon both sharper and more readily available. Basically, what folks have seen to date are scans of 2nd and 3rd generation pictures (copies of copies of…). NASA and ASU will spend the next three years producing a digital archive of new scans (200 pixels per millimeter!) of original flight films. This will be the first ever digital archive of every image that the Apollo missions took of the moon — both from orbit, and from the surface. The Apollo Image Archive will live here, and you can read more about it on Space.com and Bad Astronomy. A big tip o’ the visor to Kevin at From the Inner Mind to Outer Space.
Meanwhile, in a more consumer-oriented move, a Canadian space buff named Robert Godwin has created the first high definition transfers of Apollo video — and you can buy it on high definition DVD, and Blu-Ray Disc. Godwin’s local TV station has a brief blurb on the discs here, while Bad Astronomy chats about it here.
If something a bit fresher is what you’re after, you’ll just need to wait another month or so. Starting in early September, you’ll get your chance to see a new documentary called “In the Shadow of the Moon.” A combination of archival footage (some never seen publicly before!) and recent interviews with Apollo astronauts, it’s getting rave reviews at a number of film festivals. So keep an eye out for this in your local theater later this year.
In the meantime, you can whet your appetite for things lunar with some nice VR panoramas…