- Press Release
- Sep 27, 2022
LOIRP Releases Enhanced Restored Version of Lunar Orbiter “Image of the Century” Plus Additional Subframes of Crater Copernicus
This is a re-release of Life Magazine’s “Image of the Century” from 1966. The performance of our hardware and software image processing methods has been significantly enhanced to remove some of the banding artifacts that are derived from imperfections in the spacecraft image scanning hardware. This image of Copernicus crater was taken from a spacecraft altitude of 45 km (27.1 miles) and is approximately 207.7 km (~125 miles) to the center of the image.
An interesting aspect to this image is that with this oblique view, recent impacts of small craters have much more brightness than older craters of the same size. This suggests the value of oblique photography in doing crater aging studies as well as multispectral remote sensing of excavated materials from the craters.
Full story plus additional restored Copernicus image subframes previously unreleased by LOIRP.