Web Video on the Moon!? No ProblemFebruary 3, 2012
Here at the Web Video Store we get to produce video content for an extensive array of clientele, who operate all over the country. From Oxfordshire and High Wycombe to Norwich and Cardiff, we’ve sprinkled our own unique brand of magic dust all over the place. No motorway service stations are safe when the WVS boys roll into town armed with the petty cash float, I can tell you.
One place we have yet to film high quality web video however is Space, and more specifically the moon. Not yet anyhow. But those wildcats at NASA have boldly gone where nobody has gone before and filmed the ‘dark side’ of the moon.
This minute-long clip has been recorded by one of their twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory space vessels – or ‘GRAIL’ as some little tinker quipped – and has captured the reverse side of the moon not visible from Earth.
GRAIL is home to two identical craft called Ebb and Flow, each of which is equipped with a ‘MoonKAM’. The footage was captured as the vessel circumnavigated the moon in the direction of the lunar south pole, and landmarks to spot include the moon’s north pole, the Mare Orientale (the big old impact crater on the right hand side) and the Drygalski crater on the left (this is the star-shaped formation. Can you see it?).
All of this is in the name of education of course, as American middle-school students are responsible for selecting which part of the moon to investigate, and then analyse the findings. My memories of school mostly involve the emergence of Turkey Twizzlers as a dietary option and second hand PE kit when I had forgotten my own. The kids of today, they don’t know they’re born.
Anyway, here’s the video.
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