NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Takes Lovely Photos Of The Moon

By Gizmodo UK on at

Sure, you've seen the moon. But have you seen in HD?

Here is a beautiful, detailed HD model of the moon. It even spins, so you can see the whole moon.

This footage comes courtesy of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is a little satellite which has been orbiting the moon for a few years now, taking lots of photos to make this huge composite model. Its main mission is to "identify sites close to potential resources with high scientific value, favourable terrain and the environment necessary for safe future robotic and human lunar missions", but these kind of lovely videos are a nice bonus.

Also, NASA commissioned a song in conjunction with the mission. It's not the moon, but the LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER MISSION ITSELF. The song is called "The Moon And More", the "more" presumably being the satellite, or maybe the fact that it's HD.

The music video tells the story of a boy who dreams of going to the moon, and so when he grows up, he... becomes an engineer on the LRO. Because, come on, we haven't sent anyone to the moon for ages. Let's not be unrealistic. But his... daughter might go to Mars?

NASA, you're the best.