On Friday, NASA released a mash-up image of Earth in which our planet appears to be rising above the moon surface. It’s an amalgam of a series of shots taken Oct. 12 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), as it passed about 83 miles above the lunar crater Compton on the far side of the moon, NASA said.
Mark Robinson, Principal investigator for LROC, Arizona State University explains how scientists processed the captured images into a single image.
The images were taken when the LRO was 83 miles above the crater Compton on the moon’s far side, flying over 3,580 miles per hour. For Every pixel, the spacecraft captured Earth between 20 and 50 times.
Then, each image was joined together to form the full picture and color was added to the processed image (Black bars are the spaces between the spacecraft’s cameras).
Here’s how the images were stitched together and processed to a full-color image:
[Image credit: NASA]