The far side of the Moon

moon far side render
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The late autumn weather hasn't been too merciful recently, so I thought I'd give a shot at creating some pictures of the Moon based on the publicly available data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The above picture is a fully digital rendering of the far side of our satellite. The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimetry data was used for modeling the height of the terrain, while the surface reflectance information comes from the LROC's Wide Angle Camera. All the data was transformed into a photorealistic picture through a custom written OpenGL renderer.

I've definitely had a lot of fun seeing the image come into life and there's definitely some more similar stuff to come in the near future!

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