On July 20 ( July 21 GMT ) 1969 the first man stepped on the moon. During the next 3 years 6 missions to the moon was made and a total of 12 astronauts walked on the moon. One of the missions Apollo 13 failed and they had to return.
During these missions thousands of images were taken, most of them with the Hasselblad Lunar camera. A special version of the Hasselblad 500 EL. Many of these images are famous, like the one from Apollo 11 showing Buzz Aldrin with Neil Armstrong reflected in the vizire. (It is available from the panorama).
Less known is that during all the missions they made image sequences which with todays computer technics can be stitched together into 360o interactive panoramas giving you the possibillity to view the moon almost as you were there.
Many of these panoramas have been published before but in low resolution and displayed in small sizes.
During the last year the original films have been rescanned in large resolution and the Apollo 11 images were released the week before the 35 year anniversary. I can therefore now present you for the first time the Moon in interactive 360 degree fullscreen Quicktime VR. 3 panoramas are now available and I will follow up with panoramas from all the missions.
Of course these images are difficult to stitch as the astronauts did not know anything about interactive panoramas and the stitching methods which would come 25 years later. Bookmark this page and return to see the rest of the panoramas.
And while you wait for them - there are many other panoramas at panoramas.dk - Mt Everest, Mars, Eiffel Tower , New Year at Times Square and more than 150 others.
Go to the frontpage for the last fullscreen of the week.
Have a nice Virtual Journey - Hans Nyberg