Some amazing new pictures of the moon -- and it's all thanks to a valley connection.
An ASU professor and friend to NASA captured the amazing images and put them on display in a downtown art gallery for everyone to see.
For three years, ASU professor Mark Robinson has collected these images of the moon. He chose the most beautiful and "the best science shots" to put on display in an intimate art show called Lunar Landscapes.
The first 3-D moon pics snapped by the lunar reconnaissance telescope are now on display at the Monorchid Museum in downtown Phoenix.
"Six thousand feet high and that mountain formed in a few seconds."
Measurements like this are now known.
"The whole point is to collect the data that NASA needs to send astronauts back to the moon," says Robinson.
Robinson collects the pictures. His project is funded by NASA. He says the pics tell NASA scientists specific details about the moon -- where the best landing place might be, where resources are located.
And they are all stunning.
"See that little track, those are the astronaut tracks…"
The high resolution enables us to see signs of old spacecrafts left behind by former space explorers.
"The camera is able to show you the tracks left by the astronauts as they are walking around in 1969 to1972. You can see the rover sitting there forlornly waiting for someone to pick it up."
The different colors you see don't reflect topography, but rather: "It's how the magnetic field is protecting the surface from solar wind -- doesn't get dark. Totally amazing."
"It's a beautiful place, mysterious place. It's a destination beckoning us to return. It's only 3.5 days away."
The show opens Friday. Professor Robinson will be giving walking tours of the moon on certain dates.
11/2: First Friday opening
11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30: Walking tour of the moon, 7pm, 8pm
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